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Our take on the JVC KW-HDR81BT

Built-in HD Radio™ for sweet digital sound
Do you listen to a lot of AM/FM radio? JVC's striking KW-HDR81BT CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner that offers reception like you've never heard before. Stations broadcasting an HD Radio signal come in crystal clear, as FM sounds as clean and defined as a CD, while AM steps up to traditional FM quality. Plus HD Radio gives you your bass back, awesome if you've got a sub in your ride.


Built-in HD Radio™ for sweet digital sound
Do you listen to a lot of AM/FM radio? JVC's striking KW-HDR81BT CD receiver features a built-in HD Radio tuner that offers reception like you've never heard before. Stations broadcasting an HD Radio signal come in crystal clear, as FM sounds as clean and defined as a CD, while AM steps up to traditional FM quality. Plus HD Radio gives you your bass back, awesome if you've got a sub in your ride.

HD Radio

Bluetooth® included
Have you experienced Bluetooth lately? Hands-free calling is the tip of the iceberg. Now, you can pair up your iPhone, Android™ smartphone, or Blackberry™, and get some sweet functionality. For example, you'll be able to receive text message notification, stream music, or access Internet radio stations, depending on your phone's features. With the help of an app, Android owners can use swipes and gestures to control some receiver functions.

JVC also lets you pair two phones at once, so there's no need to choose between your personal and business phones. When a call comes in, the receiver will blink either blue or red, so you'll know at a glance if your call is coming from home or the office. To answer a call, just tap the volume knob.

Nice display
Big, bold, and beautiful, JVC's Separated Variable-Color Display lets you dial in the perfect color for your taste. You can choose from over 30,000 options, and you can even assign different colors to your controls and the display — decorate your dash in honor of your favorite team, with your school colors, or simply complement your existing lighting. If you're undecided, the receiver can cycle through all the colors continually for a really neat effect.

Great for iPod®, plus control Pandora®
Once you plug your iPod or iPhone® into the convenient front-panel USB input, you can use the KW-HDR81BT's oversized knob and buttons to navigate your music library. And with your iPhone connected, you can play your Pandora® Internet Radio stations from your dash, and even skip and rate songs like you do online.

Higher-power USB connection
JVC upped the power in their USB port, which lets you keep your smartphone charged, even when it's doing several tasks at once. And with your smartphone connected, you can listen to its internal memory as one source and access the little microSD card as another.

Want to keep your car's steering wheel audio controls?
In most vehicles, you can use an adapter (see "Accessories") to connect your vehicle's steering wheel controls to this JVC stereo. Connect a few wires, then program the adapter for your particular car and the JVC, and you'll retain the convenience of your steering wheel controls.

Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver's Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone's Bluetooth capabilities. Learn more in our article explaining Bluetooth profiles.

Note: If you're going to use your iPod with this receiver, be sure to check "Details" for specific iPod model compatibility with this receiver or its optional iPod adapter.

Im 53 & was hesitant about buying a new radio & installing it myself, its been years since the last time. I am very happy with this radio, read directions carefully & its no problem. The sound is awesome with the polk audio speakers i purchased earlier from crutchfield.

Dave, Beecher il

What's in the Box:

  • Double-DIN AM/FM CD receiver (with 10-amp ATC fuse inserted into chassis)
  • Sleeve (installed with 4 screw)
  • Trim ring (installed)
  • Wiring harness
  • KS-UBT1 USB Bluetooth adapter (installed in rear USB port)
  • Microphone with integrated bracketed (attached 12' cable terminated by a right-angle male 3.5mm connector)
  • Wireless remote control (RM-RK52)
  • CR2025 3V Lithium battery (installed)
  • 8 Pan head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 8mm)
  • 4 Flat head ISO-mount machine screws (M5 x 6mm)
  • Instructions (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Installation/Connection Manual (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • US Warranty Sheet
  • Canadian Warranty Card
  • Product Registration Card/Questionnaire
  • "Caution!" note (attached to wiring harness)
  • USB Bluetooth Adapter instructions
  • "The countries where you may use the Bluetooth function" note
  • "USB Caution" note

Product Highlights:

    General features:
    • CD receiver with built-in MOSFET amplifier (20 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
    • built-in HD Radio tuner
    • included Bluetooth adapter for hands-free calling, music streaming, and app control
    • plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs, including discs loaded with MP3 and WMA files
    • adjustable illumination (you can select different colors for the display and controls)
    • fits double-DIN (4"-tall) dash openings
    • remote control
    Audio features:
    • built-in iPod and iPhone controls
    • iEQ 3-band parametric equalizer
    • 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
    • subwoofer level control
    • inputs: front and rear USB inputs (rear is for Bluetooth adapter), front auxiliary input
    • outputs: 6-channel preamp outputs (2.5-volt front, rear, sub)
    Other info:


    Average Customer Review(s):

    (341 Reviews)

    Neon Rainbow

    Skip from Arkansas on 8/29/2016

    2001 Infiniti I30
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This looks like a cool radio, with all the colors and options for colors and patterns. That's the best part about the radio, unfortunately. However . . . this is my 5th car radio install from Crutchfield, and all of them went great, except this one. My son helped with it, and he is really good with electronics, so I know I didn't mess anything up. Anyway, the install kit did not fit as well as others have, but ended up okay. The bad part is that the sound volume is barely hearable over road noise. When it is cranked all the way to 50, which is as far as it goes, it is barely usable. I like to listen to audio books while driving back and forth to work, and voices are barely intelligible at the highest volume. My son rechecked all the wiring, and it was as instructions said to be. He called Crutchfield tech help, which has always been excellent. He was told that it just must not be compatible with the car and that we should buy some kind of an audio booster. I found this unacceptable, since we made sure that the Crutchfield guide said it WAS a compatible model for my car, and I can't see spending more just to make the dang thing usable. Also, the difficulty of figuring out how to use even basic functions seems ridiculous. I miss just having buttons for every function, instead of floundering through menus that are difficult to follow. Also, the channel buttons for the radio stations are not responsive, and often require multiple pokes to change a channel.

    Pros: Pretty Excellent bluetooth for phone

    Cons: Lousy sound Difficult functions Unresponsive radio channel buttons

    Great radio

    DPZEE from Airmont, NY on 4/20/2016

    2004 Chevrolet Colorado

    For this price, you're getting a lot of features. I bought it for the bluetooth, but I'm appreciating the ability to plug in the iPod as well. The two USB ports are handy - though one is used up by the bluetooth receiver. I read here that some people had difficulty with radio reception. Not me - it's way better than the GM factory unit. True it drops to silent for a second when it loses HD radio, but I think most HD radios do. Bluetooth takes a good 15 seconds after turning on the unit. That's not great. This model isn't beautiful, but it's less ugly that anything else at this price. The color controls are awesome. Of course, once you set it to match your dash, you probably won't be messing with it much. The tone controls are pretty deeply embedded in menus. I find myself holding on to the included remote, which is about the size of a remote entry key fob. I don't have steering wheel controls, so this lets me control volume, source, muting, radio presets, and a number of preset EQ settings. Very handy in my truck, as the dash is well out of reach when i'm in driving position. Bluetooth is solid, and with the included microphone, sounds good to the people I speak to. Best deal of all is buying from Crutchfield. It's a little bit more $ for the head, but the savings on the adapter and harness make up for it. And when you need to ask a question, they are there.

    Pros: Delivers plenty of features, good radio reception, great value

    Cons: not so easy navigation, annoying reception indicator that won't go away.

    Happy customer

    Dave from Beecher il on 4/3/2016

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500

    Im 53 & was hesitant about buying a new radio & installing it myself, its been years since the last time. I am very happy with this radio, read directions carefully & its no problem. The sound is awesome with the polk audio speakers i purchased earlier from crutchfield.

    Pros: Awesome sound, tech support very helpful & friendly



    Jim from las vegas, NV on 2/24/2016

    2012 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i really miss the clock on the dash display- the sound clarity is good- i hooked it upto a four channel Rockford Fosgate 400W amp and a Rockford Fosgate 300W 12" powered sub as well as (4) 6"x8" Rockford Fosgate 3-way speakers all around... sound is awesome- just a lil disappointed in the display options- but overall, sounds great

    Pros: system sound IS Clean and Clear-

    Cons: bit of a delay in the bluetooth connection to iPhone; microphone seems to be weak, having to yell in the car during calls- not exactly 'ideal'- wish there was a clock display during CD or Blutooth play-

    *Warning* Read Before Purchasing

    Jon from Columbia, MO on 2/19/2016

    I bought this head unit in July of 2015. At first, I was excited to put this in my 2010 VW Jetta because my factory unit died. I couldn't wait; according to Crutchfield this had it all: Bluetooth/Hands free calling, HD Radio, and it was SiriusXM ready. However after I had it installed, I found the FM reception was Terrible and the AM reception did not work at all. After the headache of swapping out the original head unit for a new one, the FM reception was still very poor. I then went to my local big box store, and found that Crutchfield sent me the wrong kit and antenna adaptor. Thankfully, the local store was able to get me the correct adaptor, and fixed it. Then, I did some research and found out that this radio was only "SAT Radio Ready", which is different than SiriusXM ready. Long story short they don't make the antenna adaptor for this anymore, so the sat radio will never work. Then, I go home (Chicago) where there are many, many powerful HD Radio stations. Of course, the reception is still poor (compared to my old factory model, VW Premium 8 Radio) and the signal would keep constantly switching between analog and HD. The HD radio only worked well when I was about 20 miles from the loop. Later, I found out that this radio has a fm sensitivity rating of 11.3 dBf (which is Terrible). I am going to replace this with the Kenwood DDX672BH eventually because this radio has a much better fm sensitivity rating (7.2!), and also has actual Working SiriusXM radio, and all the other good stuff.

    Pros: Bluetooth audio/calling, different color options, ipod-front feature (usb), looks cool at night with the changing colors

    Cons: NO Sirius radio as advertised, Terrible FM RECEPTION/HD RADIO, text sometimes hard to read during day, cheap feeling buttons/plastic, no RDS (text) on analog stations


    Chip from Fort Gratiot, MI on 2/3/2016

    2004 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    nice sound compared to factory radio, HD very nice

    Pros: nice sound

    Cons: hard to figure out all the settings

    Review for JVC KW-HDR81

    Brad T from Bakersfield, CA on 1/28/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was the easiest installation I have ever done! Perfect

    Pros: everything

    Cons: nothing


    aldrummer from fair lawn, NJ on 1/27/2016

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good value for the money. Set up for all functions not very easy. But, calling JVC is no big deal.

    Pros: Very good sound quality

    Cons: Setting up all functions

    2006 Camry Solara

    HE from California on 12/25/2015

    2006 Toyota Camry Solara
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this to replace old navigation unit in convertible Solara. Must admit had it professionally installed after realizing I was in over my head.( good thing too , turns out one of the accessory pieces ways defective). Works and looks great. Bluetooth works well for streaming and phone. Easier to figure out and use than the original Toyota unit for sure. Very pleased

    Pros: Works as it should sound quality is very good integrated well with existing Toyota amp and a speakers of JBL system. Easy to use. Looks good too.

    Cons: Operating the menu takes a little getting used to.

    Mediocre reception & flaky bluetooth

    Devin N from Colorado on 12/23/2015

    2009 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got this stereo to get HD radio & Bluetooth in my truck (2009 Tacoma) & have used it for a year or 2 now. Reception quality isn't great. I loose radio stations where I use to get them & my wife gets them just fine in her 2007 Ford Escape with the stock stereo. It's not hideous reception, but definitely worse than average. Bluetooth is evil. It connects to the phone fine, & stays connected while you dial. However as soon as the person answers, it drops the Bluetooth connection. It does this 30% of the time at least & has done it with at least 3 different Android phones. It's a good radio outside the reception & Bluetooth connectivity issues. I prefer real buttons over a touch screen & hoped this would be the top of the line one I could get without getting an expensive touch screen. It's not bad enough for me to replace, but disappointing.

    Pros: HD radio, cheap, buttons instead of touch screen

    Cons: Flaky Bluetooth, poor reception

    Simple controls

    Jeff from Montana on 12/14/2015

    2001 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Put this in my wife's 4 Runner, it fit great and was easy to install



    excellent upgrade from stock

    Crutchfield customer from California on 12/14/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed one year ago in a 2009 Boxster (987-2, non-Bose). The fit guide says it won't match but that's only because there's no mass-marketed conversion kit available. It will fit (tightly) using a conversion kit that is specially made by a small vendor and sourced directly from them. The kit is pricey but worth it; looks entirely stock with the dash, although it does require running a new can-bus wire to plug intothe fuse panel (all info easily searchable on online P-car forums). Been using the deck for a year and it's an excellent value. I chose it in part because it has push buttons; video display units in a convertible are tough to see in bright sun. Sound quality is way better than the stock PCM unit (non-Bose). Difference was noticeable instantly on the first drive with the top down, even without installing an amp. HD radio works great (SF Bay Area) and sounds great. iPhone/iPod functionality through USB with head unit control is good, however, scrolling while driving is not advisable. It's as distracting as texting, so let the passenger do it or advance one song at a time without looking. Only complaint is the bluetooth function, which I use the most; works fine with iPhone 5 and 6 but doesn't have an auto-connection by memory, so you have to manually link up a device each time you re-start the unit. Not a major issue but it is a minor hassle if you do a lot of short city driving from place to place. All in all, a great unit, still happy with it after one year.

    Pros: sound quality over stock; HD radio is great; pushbutton radio presets allow no-look manipulation

    Cons: manual bluetooth connection needed each time

    Buyer Beware!!

    Anonymous from Arizona on 12/4/2015

    2008 Jeep Commander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio , but the no longer make the satellite receiver for it, so much for "SAT READY"

    Pros: Radio is good

    Cons: Satellite receiver from SirIus no longer in production nothing compatible,

    Great deck

    Vince from California on 12/3/2015

    2000 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    If you are looking for a good deck that will give you good sound,HD radio and Pandora control.This is the one you want.I have one in both of my trucks.

    Pros: Lots of features for the money

    Cons: none

    ALMOST perfect..

    Sam V from Washington on 11/17/2015

    2003 Chevrolet Suburban
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this unit based primarily on it's inclusion of HD Radio, the double Din size, and previous JVC ownership. I installed it in my 2003 Suburban and it fits without any dash modifications. It does what you would expect from a functional standpoint; I have no beef with the sound quality. Most aftermarket units these days will have sufficient sound and in my opinion it's not wise to pick a Head Unit based on somebody's lavish praise for it's SQ. With few exceptions, they're all equally good. First, the illumination versatility is tremendous, and perhaps too complicated. Colors can be set from a wide palette, both night and day, both auto and manual. The display and button zones can be set independently, as well as menu mode. This is nice for matching your interior lighting scheme, and for me, making sure it's as dim as possible at night is paramount. Quickly I'll get to my biggest peeve. While streaming via Bluetooth, playback Cannot be paused, only muted. This is disastrous! If you are listening to a podcast and need to pause it while swinging through Starbucks, you must do so on the device. I have an iPhone 6 and I don't know if Android functions similarly. I like the "Big Button Mute", and it does what it should for radio reception. But for recorded sources that can be paused, it should be incumbent on engineering to force a pause for such sources. I don't want to just mute the audio and miss several minutes of my podcast. JVC, Please fix this!!

    Pros: Sound Quality Illumination Versatility "Big Button Mute" Value

    Cons: NO pause via Bluetooth NO rear panel AUX inputs Complicated illumination controls Bluetooth takes too long to connect


    Alinaz from Arizona on 11/8/2015

    1999 Toyota 4Runner
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This deck is a very nice replacement/upgrade over the stock radio. It sounds great and the HD radio is a nice bonus!

    Pros: HD Radio, Bluetooth, Speakerphone, great sound


    Solid Bluetooth and HD radio car stereo

    Bluestreak4 from Minnesota on 10/27/2015

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Stereo has nice sound and I like that you can set the colors to match your dashboard. The Bluetooth audio works great but the microphone that it comes with doesn't seem to be much - the other end of a phone call will complain about the sound quality. I like the HD Radio feature, although this is the first time I've had that and it seems to take a bit of time for the HD to kick in, which is annoying. It also cuts out unless the signal is strong - not sure if the radio is to blame there or the technology. The menu system is complicated but with the manual you can figure things out. It is difficult to set presets above 1-6, not easy to determine how to do so unless you go carefully through the manual.

    Pros: Sound is good, Bluetooth audio works well, nice option to change colors of the screen and buttons, HD radio sounds awesome.

    Cons: Delay in HD radio reception, spotty as you get further away from stations. Bluetooth microphone seems a bit low budget for sound based on feedback of people I've talked to on the phone. Complicated menu system.

    Everything else works - but bluetooth

    HeavyThumper from Las Vegas, NV on 10/21/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For HD radio, for overall sound quality, for ease of use, for display adjustment to match your interior - awesome. Bluetooth - sucks. To clarify - the unit connects consistently and reliably to any bluetooth device and plays music wonderfully. But as for conversations...the head unit does not have any kind of echo cancellation filter. To put it more simply - it doesn't shut off the external microphone while the remote caller is talking. So you hear them perfectly in your vehicle - while they hear themselves in a horrible echo. The only barely usable option is to use your phone's built-in mute capabilities - manually switching the mic on/off. Using a third-party mic improved (slightly) how remote callers perceived my speech - but doesn't address the echo problem. Mic position doesn't help either. Using extremely low volume is a possibility - but then you can't hear them. So...for music it's an awesome unit. For speakerphone use don't even try - look elsewhere. I've heard from multiple sources that this is a JVC issue - so try other brands. The fact that this model has the "KW" prefix gives me reservations about trying Kenwood as well. I should mention I've had this problem since the day I installed the unit. Like an idiot, I lived with it instead of arranging for an exchange so I'm out of warranty. When I moved the unit to another vehicle I had the same problem - so it's absolutely the JVC unit. Hopefully I'll do better next time...not JVC or Kenwood.

    Pros: Excellent sound quality, usability, flexibility.

    Cons: Unusable bluetooth speakerphone.

    Great Sound, Solid Performance

    Steve from Ohio on 10/17/2015

    2004 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works as advertised. Easy installation. Sounds great- will be a noticeable improvement to most stock receivers. Easy to make the colors match your existing vehicle's color scheme. Build quality is good, aligned with it's price point.

    Pros: Sound, fit

    Cons: Source button is a little bright compared to the other lights on the display.

    Massive UI failures and non-functional Bluetooth mean you should move

    JoeG from Metro Detroit, Michigan on 10/8/2015

    2004 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this from Crutchfield in April of 2014 to upgrade the factory head unit on my 2004 Ford Explorer. I wanted to have Bluetooth streaming audio for listening to podcasts from my Android phone and to give HD radio a try. The JVC KW-HDR81BT had both of these features and nothing else I didn't want at an attractive price. Plus the reviews were pretty good. One of the main reasons I bought this is for the Bluetooth connectivity, and in this respect this unit is an absolute failure. I am in and out of many test vehicles for my job and the Bluetooth on this unit is worse than any factory head unit I've dealt with. It's even worse than the cheap little cigarette lighter Bluetooth to AUX-in adapter I carry to use in test cars that don't have Bluetooth. It's the single worst Bluetooth device I have ever used. Why? First, it takes forever to reconnect to your phone on start up. Sometimes it never reconnects at all. The transport controls rarely work. You end up pulling your phone out to hit play and guess what? This often causes the Bluetooth driver to reboot and you have to wait all over again. I find myself giving up and doing half my commute in silence. Apart from the Bluetooth, the UI for the clock is maddening. You can make the clock show up, but only by scrolling through a bunch of options by hitting the display button. It will not remember the setting, so every time you change sources you have to fiddle with the display button to get the clock back. It's dangerous.

    Pros: -The sound quality is pretty good even with the stock speakers in the Explorer. -HD radio is a nice improvement; the claim is CD quality in the FM band and FM quality in the AM band. I believe it. Particularly when an AM station locks in to HD reception the sudden improvement in quality is startling. -reasonable price.

    Cons: -terrible Bluetooth functionality. -bad UI choices. I suspect this was designed and coded by someone who never drives a car. -no persistent clock, if you have to be somewhere on time this will drive you crazy. -the upper right hand corner is taken up by this goofy square cross hairs like graphic. Normally I wouldn't care but this would be a great place for a clock. If you think you would be bothered by any of the items I have described, save the frustration; avoid this unit.

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    Paul O from New York on 10/5/2015

    2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound perfect choice for people who want great sound ease of use cool looks on a tight budget. Huge difference from stock and super easy to install love it

    Pros: Bluetooth , cool looks with adjustable colors to match your ride,USB connections and subwoofer controls

    Cons: Menus for setup a little tricky but you get used to it

    Great at first, but then...

    Adam W. from Tennessee on 10/5/2015

    2010 Chevrolet Cobalt
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this radio two and a half years ago. At first, it was great -- a drastic improvement over the craptastic stock radio. But then, within a few months, I started having trouble with the Bluetooth. It would randomly drop connection, refuse to connect, and just generally act terribly. Music would sometimes be staticy, other times, would only connect for 20-50 seconds before dropping the connection again. I pulled my dash apart and ran a USB cable to move the bluetooth receiver into the shift well, to bring it closer to where I normally keep the phone. There was some improvement, but still a lot of trouble. The failure to connect is almost every time. There's about a 60% chance that I'll have to turn the head unit off and back on in order to get the bluetooth to connect. It's gotten to the point where I don't even bother waiting to see if it will -- as soon as I start the car I turn the head unit off and back on. Recently, the front speakers have stopped working. It was the right speaker first, about a year after I bought the radio -- it would work for a bit, then cut out, then suddenly click back on randomly. It did this for a few months before it stopped working entirely, then the front left speaker went the same way. I now only have rear speakers except occasionally one of the front speakers will cut on randomly. I've checked the wiring and speakers -- they're all intact. Poor quality that died too soon. Don't recommend.

    Pros: When the bluetooth works, it's good quality Great sound from the rear speakers Looks good

    Cons: Bluetooth is complete garbage. Front speakers don't produce any sound Automatic dimmer doesn't work

    Drastic Improvement!

    David from Minnesota on 10/4/2015

    2005 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great head unit! It is really amazing how much more crisp and full the sound is, even with stock speakers. HD radio is fantastic as well. Very easy install for the ISO mounting on an 05 Outback. The menu system is easy to navigate and it's great how you can really tune the color to match the display colors to match your vehicle. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a double DIN head unit.

    Pros: It's just easier to say everything, rather than list it all.

    Cons: None, other than the small scuff on it from dropping it on the garage floor. Whoops!

    Sounds great!!!!

    Bubba from Washington on 9/28/2015

    1997 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted a car stereo with a CD player because I do still listen to a CD on occasion. Stereo sounds awesome, install was a breeze in my 1997 Accord. Install kit fits incredible in the dash although putting the kit together was a little vague in the instructions but if you have a little mechanical aptitude you can figure it out. For $180 I couldn't be happier.

    Pros: Stereo sounds good



    pizza from California on 9/5/2015

    2003 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking to update my old factory radio for connectivity reasons. Install was pretty easy in my corolla (only needed to get a longer socket extension to reach screws). The stereo it self works well. Controls are easier once you use it a couple times, but no major hurtles. Love receiving HD channels on the tuner as there are quite a lot in my area (LA). Works well with my Samsung S5. Pretty happy with the whole experience and of course Crutchfield was excellent as usual. Now to do my husbands truck.

    Pros: dimmable display, muting, easy controls, easy connectivity, easy install, HD tuner, colors are kinda fun, Bluetooth works well.

    Cons: microphone is external (maybe not a con, but heads up)

    Can't See It

    Anonymous from California on 9/1/2015

    Fairly easy self install with help from You Tube and Crutchfield. The sound is very good, much improved over factory replaced unit. 2 early noticeable drawbacks: 1) in any kind of daylight it is very hard to see the display 2) my smartphone has connecting issues with the unit's Bluetooth Overall I'm quite happy with the purchase.

    Pros: Sound quality ease of install

    Cons: washed out display in daylight irregular Bluetooth smartphone connection


    RK from California on 9/1/2015

    2007 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The LCD display is of poor quality and is hard to see off-angle and in bright ambient light. Control of Bluetooth devices is clunky and slow. The power / source button has a transparent background with black legend, whereas all the other buttons have black background with transparent legend. Being different, the power / source button looks goofy and out of place during the day, but it's even worse at night. Having a large transparent backlit area, the power / source button appears much brighter than the backlit legends on all the other buttons. It is so bright that it is distracting and annoying when driving at night.

    Pros: Low price

    Cons: You get what you pay for

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    runk from Utah on 8/31/2015

    2007 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    for the money it's a really good stock replacement works good looks great and has bluetooth

    Pros: sound and looks good would recommend to any one who wants a good replacement for a stock radio .

    Cons: none

    Amazing head unit

    Anonymous from Florida on 8/30/2015

    2001 Chevrolet Cavalier
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio!! Easily hooks up Bluetooth sound quality is great through all sources. Couldn't ask for a better radio for the price

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None


    ArthurUSCG from the Washington, DC Area on 8/27/2015

    2004 Mercury Monterey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works as expected. There is a learning curve on using the Bluetooth functions and I am still learning / figuring out how to use all of them. It doesn't always pair right away but eventually it will pair.

    Pros: Voice dial supported

    Cons: steep Bluetooth learning curve Doesn't always pair right away.


    Ray K from Warrington, Pennsylvania on 8/18/2015

    2011 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Now that I've had this unit in my vehicle for a couple weeks I just got to say that this thing beats my oem unit in my 2011 Xterra hands down! For the price, this thing has amazing sound! It may not have a touchscreen and isn't as easy to use as others but I love it. Also, I never thought I'd install it myself but I was done in about two hours which isn't bad considering the instructions weren't too great. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase from Crutchfield.

    Pros: Great HD FM reception/sound, even great AM reception. Bluetooth pairs easily and works great with Samsung Galaxy S5.

    Cons: Installation instructions could have been better but I managed the installation with some planning ahead.

    Not user Friendly

    Bobbyraw from New York on 8/16/2015

    2009 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    features on the radio are not as easy to use. for example, you cant push the phone icon to disengage a call from the radio blue tooth. You have to actually go into the Bluetooth menu to do this. Who want this danger while driving. At first i opted for a touch screen but it was out of my price range. But after buying this radio, there was a sale for $140 off a touch screen radio, putting it in range of my budget. so unfair.

    Pros: The volume is loud, might have to change or add woofer to compensate.

    Cons: now that i have used it. the price is not worth it.

    Crutchfield response on August 17, 2015 Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, especially a situation like this, please contact our Customer Support team. Purchases from Crutchfield can be returned or exchanged within 60 days of the purchase.


    Mike E. from Emmaus, Pennsylvania on 8/16/2015

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    By far one of the best car stereo's I have purchased. The instructions were awesome. Some items are not explained well in the JVC instructions so there are some things I need to research. I may need to get a subwoffer. I find that HD radio seems to have trimmed bass then a CD or blue tooth music from my iphone. I may need to preposition the booth tooth dongle as I have dropped the connection a couple times. I soldered all the connections to the wiring harness the night before and it made the installation very easy.

    Pros: Display, Sound Quality, Ease of install, bluetooth phone connection

    Cons: eq settings difficult to adjust while driving you need to navigate through the menu's, Bluetooth phone connection icons not explained in the documentation, Not many Cons. Nice unit.

    Dads New Radio

    eed from California on 8/4/2015

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this radio to of course to replace my stock GM unit that ate CD's. Sorry but the instructions don't tell you much but if you have any mechanical abilities you'll understand what needs to happen so the adapter plates can attach and the wiring is correctly connected. I didn't have to modify my dash in any way but when placing the new radio in, you'll have to carefully move the wiring around so it will fit just right. I soldered and shrink tube'd the wires together for the best connection and lower profile. All wires are color coded so easy to match up. Take your time and read through everything so you dont miss anything. I spliced into a ground wire (made sure it was ground with the multimeter) to assure the radio black wire was connected to ground. Don't force anything and of course plug it in and test it out prior to mounting. Not into "coolness" I just wanted a unit that did it all but easy to use so hence the neutral rating. Overall great head unit by the way.

    Pros: Blutooth plugs front and back (the back is for the BT dongle that connects to your smartphone. Aux jack in front as well. Connects to your smart phone easily. Controls are easy to figure out after a couple of read-thru's of the manual. The sound is amazing after you dial it in a little. And yes, you can see the info in the daytime! Look at that- a CD player that works even though I probably wont need it with bluetooth-ing my phone music in. HD radio sounds awesome as well.

    Cons: The installation instructions were little to none. I guess too many combinations of vehicle to radio to be more detailed.


    Banjo from Florida on 7/30/2015

    2006 Chevrolet Colorado
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Works great with iPhone 6 even though it's not listed

    Pros: Price, sound and features

    Cons: None yet


    JamesK from Arden North Carolina on 7/22/2015

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it - looks good in my 2010 Tacoma. it's easy to get use to the functions. quality Bluetooth

    Pros: easy install, clean look, works well

    Cons: USB shows the song title but I haven't been able to make it show the artist

    great value

    Sam from Gig Harbor. Wa on 7/8/2015

    2003 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought to replace Mustang Mach stereo. Pleasantly surprised to get easy instructions for install. Called tech service 3 Times each time got answer needed. Stereo in works great sounds great and my daughter (her car) thinks Dad a pretty swell guy.

    Pros: Lots of bells and whistles for price

    Cons: None yet. Been in car for a week

    Great HD receiver

    Old truck guy from Georgia on 7/3/2015

    2001 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver has great sound quality, improved the sound of the OEM speakers in my '01 Tacoma 100% - and they are not great speakers. The double DIN size makes for easy reading of the controls. Easy installation with the master sheet and JVC wire identification sheet. Looks great too. EVERYTHING is customizable, from the day/night intensity and color to the sound; simple standard EQ settings allow you to choose your rollover point and Q factor! Bluetooth works great with my old flip phone and yes it has streaming capability. Has 2 USB ports. One on the front face and one on an extension cable from the rear. Have flash drive plugged into front outlet and the bluetooth dongle plugged into the cable which lays discreetly behind the center console for good reception. Also you do receive a nice hard copy book that will fit tin the glove box.

    Pros: See review.

    Cons: The source/power button light is TOO BRIGHT. Other reviews noted this as well. Have the night "Button" brightness at lowest setting. The night display brightness is independent so that can be set for good readability. The menus are complex - this is not really a "con" just a fact of the "customizability". Downloaded the manual and printed it. keep the appropriate pages on a clip board so I can mark down the settings.


    JJ from Missouri on 7/1/2015

    2006 Ford Fusion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice radio, lots of sweet features.

    Pros: HD Radio, Bluetooth.

    Cons: None yet

    Great Sound...Even Better Value!

    PeacemakerPR from Puerto Rico on 6/23/2015

    2002 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I love the way my new JVC KW-HDR81BT has upgraded the look of my 2002 Ford Explorer dashboard. Pretty straight forward navigation, have hardly had to take a look at the Owner's Manual to figure it out.

    Pros: Very eye pleasing radio, hooking up my iPod was a breeze and it delivers a great sound.

    Cons: Only setback I've had so far is that I just found out that iPhones are compatible with this radio only until the iPhone 4 version.

    Great Value, Great sound.

    Andy N. from Fort Worth,TX on 6/21/2015

    2014 Hyundai Elantra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Over all a great radio for the money. I have always enjoyed JVC. My previous vehicle had a different JVC HD radio and I loved it. There is no comparison to the factory radio as far as the sound quality of the FM tuner. Even the Non-HD Radio stations are much clearer than the Factory FM tuner.

    Pros: HD Radio built in, Bluetooth adapter included and good quality sound for the price.

    Cons: There is a bit of a learning curve as far as getting used to what to press etc. to get it to do what you want but very nice. Sound Quality, on both ends, of the "Hands free" when making a phone call could be better but not unacceptable. Would be nice if the display could get even brighter than it allows.

    JVC KW-HDR81BT Reviews

    ThaddeusY from Hawaii on 6/13/2015

    2003 Toyota Tundra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this stereo to replace the factory CD/AM-FM player in my 2003 Tundra to get the HD channels locally and use my andriod and apple phones. It is a really good price for the number of features you get. It's not a good as a touch-screen, but if price is a concern, you won't be displeased with the value.

    Pros: Price and features.

    Cons: Ease of use.

    Great upgrade from Factory

    BillB from Palm Harbor, FL on 5/29/2015

    2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So, this isn't the flashiest of the double-din head units out there. But it does everything and is easy to use. Bluetooth hands-free, streaming, iPhone on front w/high power charger and Pandora, HD Radio built in. You can't go wrong. The real reason I bought it was that my daughter got a used Ford Explorer SportTrac that had an older touch-screen aftermarket stereo with a built-in DVD player. In its day it was all fancy, but it was now pretty outdated (no Pandora, Bluetooth, etc.). Most importantly, it made the truck deadly! You could Not control it without looking at it closely. You had to make three taps on a resistive-touch screen (the old kind that you have to push hard) to even change the channel, and the UI was just awful. When I first drove the truck, I was afraid to change station because I thought I'd get in a wreck! This JVC is really easy to use by touch - 6 big station buttons, big "next/prev" and "up/down" buttons, a big ol' knob right in the middle that acts to pause music/mute radio. It's great! We kept the speakers that were in the car and the pre-amp sub output worked great (the unit even lets you choose the band-pass filter). Overall we're very happy with it (and the install goodies were perfect as usual). I bought this for my

    Pros: Easy to use, all the inputs you would expect, Pandora, HD Radio, Ergonomic.

    Cons: The bluetooth module uses one of the USB ports so you have to have Either a front or back USB plug if you want to use the Bluetooth. I kind of wish there was a "Sound" button on the front dash that did what the "Sound" button on the remote did. Very minor problems.

    Great radio

    VH from South Carolina on 5/26/2015

    2004 Ford Focus
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Had it installed. Have enjoyed having it in my car. No problems with the unit.



    Old van, new tuner

    Will P from Texas on 5/25/2015

    2002 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I just needed a tuner that can get the job done, is not too flashy, and not be too complicated. This fits the bill. I have to admit, there was a LOT of careful trimming done to make this fit my '02 E150, but well worth the effort. I am a more form and function instead of flashy kind of guy and this unit looks nice without drawing too much attention to it. Its display is color-changing (so you can get a close to factory look of the lighting). It is pretty simple to use once everything is set up. Not too bad for an "inexpensive" selection.

    Pros: Easy to use, not too complicated, nor too flashy.

    Cons: Some of the sub-menues are a little confusing.

    Value - But Defective/Weak Sub Preout?!

    Claff from Houston, TX on 5/24/2015

    2005 Ford Econoline
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    Really pleased until I couldn't get the same power from the sub RCA outs compared to the front and back RCA outs for my sub. I need specific sub control and the ability to turn it on and off. I'm getting another and hoping its a defect, but if not the sub preouts are so weak you hardly get any output from them. When plugged into front or back preouts it works perfect.

    Pros: Cosmetics good, functions well, Bluetooth and HD great adds.

    Cons: Sub Preout! (defect!?)

    Fantastic CD Player and Radio

    Mike from Kentucky on 5/18/2015

    2000 Toyota Avalon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was the first time I had ever replaced a radio in a car. It was very easy with the help of the Crutchfield technicians. I had to make 2 phone calls to clarify how to attach certain wires but they had the answers immediately. I love the HD radio. It is very clear. The dash kit looks great with my interior (2000 Toyota Avalon XLS).

    Pros: HD Radio. Simple installation.

    Cons: None

    Good Car Stereo

    SM from Georgia on 5/17/2015

    2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good Car Stereo. Great sound. Great Value for BT and HD. . Would have like a few small design elements improved upon before I purchased. Don't like having clock not on all display screens. Could have placed it on upper right corner. Object there just for decoration. Auto dimming function not working for me and my car. When listen to music via BT and I take a call, radio does not auto return to BT music, has to be re-established manually. Other than these small things I like the unit and appreciate the value.

    Pros: Price for BT and HD Sound quality

    Cons: Basic design

    JVC KW-HDR81BT for 2012 Toyota Matrix S

    MPC from Hawaii on 5/15/2015

    2012 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am replacing the stock radio/CD player in a 2012 Toyota Matrix S with 4 factory speakers. This 2012 car is a generation 2 Matrix. The main reason I bought this is for the Bluetooth hands free calling with an iphone 5 to comply with the cell phone laws while driving here in Hawaii. My Matrix has built in volume and radio station/CD track buttons on the steering wheel. I thought the installation instructions could be more detailed. I didn't have problems soldering the Metra wiring harness to the JVC wiring harness but I'm not sure if this would be difficult for a first timer. It was not clear how to remove the stock Matrix console face plate. I recommend prying the bottom off first then slowly work up both sides then swivel the console plate 90 degrees so it is parallel to the ground. Then pull it off. I think if you try to pry the console off from the top first, the plastic retaining clips will break. Do not use a screwdriver to pry the plate off even though it is very tight. Use your fingernails. When mounting the radio, you must remove the black trim plate on the JVC unit by removing the 2 small screws. These two screw tabs on the radio must be bent flush with the top of the JVC unit or the console plate will not lay flush. The instructions are not clear on how to attach the plastic stereo mounts. Use trial and error. I had to slightly file the left plastic mount to get the stereo into the dash hole.

    Pros: Low cost head unit. Menus easy to figure out. Real volume knob is nice. I'm returning this and purchasing a different radio from Crutchfield under. Crutchfield's support has been consistently excellent. I have called them 4 times regarding problems during the install and then to upgrade the unit. It only cost $10 flat rate to send the unit back from Hawaii. They emailed a UPS return label. Every phone call I made was answered by someone from the U.S. which is unusual these days!

    Cons: In the Matrix, the radio is mounted near the top of the dash (closer to the sun) & the display is too dim. At night, the display is OK. I can't read the Caller ID name/number or CD tracks during the day. FM radio sensitivity not as good as factory radio. Some stations don't come in clearly. This radio has less sensitivity than others at Crutchfield. There is a long delay when pressing the phone call button to start/end a Bluetooth call. When switching between inputs, there is a delay too.

    Rock and Roll

    Larry L. from Minnesota on 5/3/2015

    2003 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I looked at two replacement units for my Ford Ranger. The JVC unit price dropped so I decided to go with it. There was some modification to the opening, and drilling a hole inside the opening for microphone cable. Once installed, wow! Much better power. The operations of the unit are straight forward. I can't stand hidden menus! I would recommend to anyone that's looking a replacement unit. great price point!

    Pros: blue tooth HD radio easy to use Great value USB

    Cons: I drive a pick up truck, I'm not into the coolness factor,

    Nice Unit - Great Price!

    RubyKhan15 from San Antonio, TX on 4/24/2015

    2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
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    This unit was installed in a 2009 Silverado. There was some modifications required because the back of the unit would hit the interior of the back of the sub dash. With some minor drilling this was easily taken care of. Sound quality is excellent and the Bluetooth is a good solution for hands-free driving.

    Pros: Bluetooth, multiple inputs, sounds great!

    Cons: More modifications required than expected. However not a big deal for any DIY car person.

    great unit great price

    grease monkey from Elizabeth City, NC on 4/15/2015

    2003 GMC Yukon XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy setup great sound

    Pros: hd signal,usb, bluetooth @ a good price

    Cons: none

    Great mid range deck

    Rob W from Texas on 4/13/2015

    2002 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great mid range deck - the only issues are with menu functionality with the sound quality presets. The equalizer presets are less than acceptable and you have to fiddle with the bass, mid, treble levels and frequencies quite a bit all while navigating back through the menu every time you change one. These are pretty small critique items however as an avid mobile electronics guy, sound customization took way too long and the endless menu cycling was annoying to me. I never hesitate to order from Crutchfield given their great customer service, extensive device information and parts they include with your purchase. That's why I've been a Crutchfield customer for almost 25 years.

    Pros: Cost, bluetooth, quality manufacturer

    Cons: Poor menu navigation, not enough EQ presets given the amount of customization you can do through the endless menu navigation


    Lee from Missouri on 4/7/2015

    2001 Toyota Avalon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Fantastic! Great replacement for the 2001 Toyota Avalon XLS JBL factory radio. Seriously needed this for better radio, as well as the ability to play music from other sources (iOS, Android etc)

    Pros: Great replacement for the 2001 Toyota Avalon XLS JBL factory radio. Much better and improved sound.

    Cons: Ran into static.. although I'm sure that was something I did, rather than the radio's fault. Also, not a big fan of the bluetooth microphone, but I also haven't had the time after installing it to dabble with it at all. Hopefully that can be fixed.

    Great unit!

    Sweet from Sevierville, TN on 4/1/2015

    2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Awesome unit!! Very easy to use. Just need to read the manual and be patient with the setup. Love the Bluetooth capability!! Great unit for the price!

    Pros: Hands free talking, good sound quality

    Cons: None

    Awesome Radio

    Bill from Ohio on 4/1/2015

    2004 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio has all the features of a way more expensive radio. Buttons are laid out well. The menus are easy to use. The source button is a little bright but that is being overly critical. There could be a dedicated play button for Bluetooth devices. It is challenging to figure out which button to hit to get your Bluetooth device to play once you get back in the car,

    Pros: Bluetooth, display, color matching and sound quality.

    Cons: I noticed some Bluetooth choppiness when I hid the Bluetooth dongle.

    Great Radio

    Robb from Michigan on 3/28/2015

    2007 Mercury Milan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    one of the few radios that offered HD radio; Bluetooth, Pandora and music player control through my galaxy s5; also works well with Ipod touch. I installed a different jvc model in a explorer, so I was familiar with the controls, like anything, once you figure it out it's very easy.

    Pros: HD radio; Bluetooth music player controls for android and ipod good sound, easy controls

    Cons: don't understand why they included a rear usb port, but you need to have the Bluetooth adapter plugged in it for Bluetooth to work. Why didn't they integrate the Bluetooth in the radio and leave the rear for a memory stick?

    Good Value

    SteveM from Louisiana on 3/24/2015

    2012 Ram 1500
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    Overall a great radio

    Pros: price

    Cons: not big on the light display, but it can be adjusted.

    My (Son's) First JVC

    Ray from Michigan on 3/8/2015

    2009 Toyota Matrix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Just hooked this up in my son's Matrix. I wanted a double din with blue tooth and HD radio. This fit the bill. Hook up was easy, but the dash kit did not provide a good fit, so I needed to modify. I've mostly owned Alpine (also a few pioneers, a sony, and a kenwood over the years), so comparing it to an Alpine probably isn't completely fair, but I'm doing it anyway.... This has a great feature set for the money and the many available colors for the display adds to the cool factor for the younger crowd. But after quite a bit of tweaking, it sounds pretty good. I did upgrade his speakers, but no amp, and the results are a nice upgrade from the stock system. But at the end of the day, if Alpine or Pioneer had a head unit with the features I wanted at a price I was looking to spend, that's where I would go, but for the money, this is a nice unit.

    Pros: Great features for the $


    a puzzle

    LynnR from Illinois on 3/3/2015

    2004 Toyota Camry Solara
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    The sound quality is very good. The display doesn't light up brightly enough during the day and settings don't change that. The display is not readable on a sunny day. The instructions on how to operate it end abruptly without telling how to save FM stations beyond position 6. It has a typical menu pattern for settings which generally works well - however the scroll settings are meaningless and do nothing at all. This is my second one - the first one had a defective CD sensor and had to be replaced immediately as it did not function in any capacity, not being able to boot up. Again - the sound quality is very good, happy with that. Also, have not been able to get it to play music from my phone. No great instructions about that either. :(

    Pros: sound quality

    Cons: lacking in instructions, some features don't work, first unit failed, not about to go through sending this one back for another replacement.

    Great receiver for the money

    psamm from Missouri on 3/3/2015

    2001 Nissan Pathfinder
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I really like this receiver; it was the only one I found in this price range with HD radio; Bluetooth; USB connector on face; and good DA converters. I put it into a 2001 Pathfinder to replace the stock "Bose" head end. It turns out the factory receiver was actually a Clarion, and that accounts for the poor sound quality I was experiencing. The new JVC was used in conjunction with the Scoshe interface adapter - I kept the stock Bose amp(s) and speakers already installed. As I expected, the whole system sounds 100% better with a quality head end. Bottom end is suprisingly acceptable and tight. I have no trouble reading the display during the day - others have complained about this - there are a myriad of settings for display color and brightness - I simply selected a high-contrast option for the display that works fine with high ambient light levels. Bluetooth setup with my Nexus 5 phone was unbelievably simple and painless - I mounted the mic on the steering wheel column and it's proven to be a good location. NR and echo cancellation settings are effective. I believe this is a really good value considering all the features and sound quality. However, beware of using this with the ASWC-1 steering wheel interface. I ended up using totally different functions to make the receiver work as expected. I finally got the interface to work perfectly, but there was a lot of head scratching and frustration during the process. Almost certainly not JVC's fault . . . .

    Pros: Excellent features for the price Very good sound quality Good build quality

    Cons: Beware of quirks with ASWC-1 steering control interface - it will work well, but you'll have to do some unconventional programming procedures.


    big ed from California on 2/18/2015

    2001 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    good value for the price, graphics great with the mulit-color option( one can always change the color for the mood one might be in. upgrade speaker is a must to get the max out of the unit. unless you really got an high-in factory system, like a bose.

    Pros: Crutchfield's customer service is really great, if you need asst....

    Cons: installation kit needs some more options for the face side of the unit. in my case a '01 ford f-250 ford super duty extend.. cab dash needed a bigger face plate,frame around the unit to make it the max installation passable.


    LarryMJr from Columbus, OH on 2/18/2015

    Ive had this radio for over a year. I Love this radio. Works great with my android phone. The sound is amazing. Customization is great. I am very happy with radio.

    Pros: Ease of use, Sound quality, Features

    Cons: NONE

    Drastic Upgrade

    Darrick S. from Durham, NC on 2/17/2015

    2006 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this JVC to upgrade the factory stereo in my wife's' 2006 Highlander. Thanks to the MasterSheet, installation was pretty straightforward. The install looks really good with the Metra kit. The first thing I noticed was the power and improved sound quality with the factory speakers. I installed the hands-free bluetooth phone mic on the steering column and I've had no problems. I mainly listen to music streaming from my phone, so I'm glad to have the Bluetooth audio.

    Pros: Sound quality; customize EQ settings; big display

    Cons: Can't search radio stations by type

    Sounds Great for a nice price

    Kevin from Alabama on 2/12/2015

    2006 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The JVC KW-HDR81BT is an awesome upgrade from the stock unit. I purchased this unit as a replacement for my 6-disc stock in my 2006 Ford Mustang GT with a Shaker 500. The main reason for my want to change is that my stock did not have an AUX or USB input also the sounds was bland and I wanted to get the most out of my Android phone and MP3 player. The ease of the install was helped by the Crutchfield support team...I had the new one installed in less than 2 ½ hoursSome great features are Very easy to operate. You can easily mute at any time by pushing the large knob in. It has a USB cable attached to the back which you can pull through to one of the compartments on your console to hide whatever you plug into it. Bluetooth works perfectly, you can even scroll through your phones phonebook through the radio. It won't display your text messages on the radio, but it will display that you received a text message. Multicolor display is nice, you literally can choose any color or match your dash lighting. Also the screen does not wash out from sunlight like my stock unit. This HD radio will display the songs on HD only. If you tune into an analog station it will not display the RDS song text but you can tag the station and you can tell the difference when you listen to an HD station. The best part is I wanted a Stereo that had a little retro look going into the Mustang but had great features and great sound and this unit made all that happen.

    Pros: Large Screen, easy to read. Lots of setting and pre settings for equalizer. Bluetooth and Android compatible. Sound great after you adjust the equalizer. Best bang for the buck. Has a retro look. 2 USB ports. You also have all the support from Crutchfield to make it easy to install.. I also was supplied for free a wiring harness and mounting kit and Axxess AFDI-5V that is needed for attaching to the bass speaker and keeping it from popping when you start the unit.

    Cons: None for me it was a perfect unit and fit for my Mustang GT.


    Anonymous from Kentucky on 2/8/2015

    2007 Ford Focus ZX3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    THe hd radio works great and sounds great. I got it for the hd radio and the usb port both work very well. The draw back is how the preset radio stations past the first six are accessed, much more difficult than most radios.



    No Complaints

    bkline from Oklahoma on 1/20/2015

    2011 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    No complaints really. Installed in a 2011 Corolla. Directions were pretty straight forward with the MasterSheet. Bluetooth worked first time, no issues at calls and audio, not sure where I am going to put the mic yet. HD radio sounds great. Some settings are buried, but they are all there and I don't change them up for each song so its no big deal. Sound is 1000% better than stock head unit. I dropped in some new polk 6x9's to replace the back speakers and they sound great. Going to replace the fronts next and will add an amp if needed. Impressed with everything given the price!

    Pros: price..price and...price.

    Cons: nothing comes to mind


    Mark from Aurora, CO on 1/19/2015

    2006 Ford F-250 Super Duty
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I actually returned this stereo due to the fact that the lettering being way too big. You could either see some of what was playing or the time. It's a nitpick, I know. Menu is easy after about 3 mins of messing with it. I don't like the fact that a USB is taken up because the Bluetooth isn't builtin. Kind of odd. I ended up buying the same unit that is more expensive and has more lines in the display.

    Pros: Good stereo, pushes speakers well.

    Cons: Lettering too big and a USB has to be taken up in order to use the Bluetooth.

    Good, but could be better

    Anonymous from Austin, TX on 1/19/2015

    I bought this for my 2009 Honda Fit which does not have Bluetooth built in. Austin is instituting a hands free law, so I needed a new unit with Bluetooth. My car allowed me to go double din and the adapter kit from Crutchfield that was included with the purchase was perfect. As for the unit itself, this is one of the cheaper double dins with Bluetooth, so expectations should be aligned as such. It is fairly easy to use and the HD radio sounds pretty good, if a little tinny (I'll have to play with the equalizer settings some more). The Bluetooth works great in that it's easy to pair and sound quality is pretty good. I recommend using your phone's voice prompts over the unit's voice feature, since it can actually take more steps. The plethora of colors are fun to play around with but the text display could be brighter. Overall, it seems to be a solid piece of equipment, but certainly not top of the line.

    Pros: Decent value Good sound Bluetooth works easily Microphone works well HD radio Multiple display options

    Cons: Sound quality could be better Display not bright enough Phone voice prompt a little cumbersome

    great radio for the price

    crain d from grain valley on 1/18/2015

    2010 Ford F-150 XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great radio fits perfectly, looks great in the dash and the fact that it came with hands free bluetooth is even better.

    Pros: Double din is great, easy to use.


    Killer unit but horrible menu

    Jason from Indiana on 12/21/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    A great head unit for a great price. Sounds good and has all the pre-amps and usb hook ups you'll need, but. . .

    Pros: Like I said, I basically chose this unit for the pre-amps and the usb ports. It's got kick-ass sound and an easy phone interface. Great if you want to run subs; hi-and low-pass filters are built right in. Oh, and HD radio blows satellite away, IMO.

    Cons: Small con- display needs to be brighter HUGE con- menu system was obviously designed by a chimpanzee. Options used everyday- like EQ and Audio options- are buried, while things like Demo Mode and Set Clock come right up. Who thinks of these things? Eyes on the road, folks!

    Great Replacement for the Family Van

    South_Jersey from New Jersey on 12/1/2014

    2005 Honda Odyssey
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation was easy with all the free included gear and the Axxess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control Adapter. Called CF on Saturday with two questions regarding two splices to ground and they had answers for me in minutes. Since I don't solder often and am very particular with setup of solder joints, I spent few hours indoors completing all the soldering between various plugs. Then spent a few hours in the driveway with the car completing the install. Dash removal and access was much easier than I thought. Also have a drill press and added a hole to the Scosche HA1700B dash kit through which the MIC protrudes. MIC is mounted to the back. Install concern is that the screws used to mount the radio to the dash kit seem too large and caused the plastic to stress and start to crack. So I went to a smaller diameter self taping screw. I also drilled holes down to the lower storage bin (Odyssey w/o DVD) and fed the rear USB into it for easy access. Steering wheel controls work great. Pairing to an IPHONE 4S worked great and easy. Hands Free calling is extremely clear and folks can hear me well too. HD radio is great in AM and FM. Only wish the I/O button was always lit when the key is in the ignition (not just when the radio is turned on) so I can locate the on/off button in the dark. Lastly, there must be approx. 22 color selections (buttons can be set to different color than display)... Kids love the color wave mode that continuously cycles through the colors.

    Pros: Easy Setup, Great Functionality, Large Display Characters that scrolls through information, Easy Pairing to Phone (can access recent phone calls with the radio's dial), Easy pairing to music, Excellent HD radio. Looks good in the dash.

    Cons: On/Off button is only lit when radio is powered on making it hard to find in the dark. Where do I upload a picture of my installation???

    replacement radiomfor 2005 Subaru Outback

    tgd from Murrysville Pa on 11/16/2014

    2005 Subaru Outback
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Let me say that I love this device. The sound qualtiy and Android integration are terrific. Installing it was an adventure but Crutchfield was incredibly helpful. Kudos to my advisor. The device is not perfect. The IPOD display tends to lag a bit behind the tune playing on the IPOD. I do wish the FM reception was better but then I live in a very hilly area so it is mostly geographic . I can get no AM reception at all

    Pros: Great sound. Good IPOD/Android integration. Excellent bluetooth qualithy

    Cons: No AM. IPOD MP3 tags don't always show correctly. Requires advanced yoga training to install on a Subaru outback, but that is a subaru issue

    Fine Upgrade over original radio

    eprn from Rocky River, Ohio on 11/9/2014

    2007 Toyota RAV4
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My favorite classical station, WCLV, migrated to the HD subchannel of a more power public radio station. A professional installer placed a "2 DIN" JVC receiver. The JVC worked and sounded fine. However, during daylight -not just full sunlight- the dial was unreadable. Crutchfield offered the KD-HDR81BT, a four din unit with a larger readout. (Crutchfield also had the best price). The professional installer changedout the JVC 2 din unit with the 4 din HDR81BT. The screen is readable, even in direct sunlight and often with my sunglasses on. The HDR81BT has an array of features, including Blue Tooth connections. The bluetooth phone feature works fine. A whole menu of features allows the refinement of the audio with equalizer settings. The usual fader and balance controls are very easy. A front panel usb input is easy to access. Not that important to me, though a very nice feature, is the panoply of selectable color schemes for thee readout and controls and make the unit very attractive at night. A big advantage of the 4 din unit over the 2 din unit is the addition of six preset buttons on the upper right panel that allow the storing of six most frequently listened to stations on both FM and AM. The 2 din JVC unit did not have room for the preset buttons which left me constantly searching through endless stations. Additional memory banks allow the saving of just about as many stations as one could desire. Tuner sensitivity is good.

    Pros: Display is readable in full daylight (a feature not to be overlooked); Station preset buttons (like a traditional car radio). Bluetooth works well; Adjustable audio equalizer;-sounds great with my Rav4's standard speakers; European/ South American/USA tuning offsets -can come in handy when tuning some of the new low power FM stations; hands free cellular phone feature; usb and audio inputs; CD player included for music with more dynamic range than an MP3 can deliver; sensitive FM/AM tuner

    Cons: While readable in daylight, the display could still be brighter. Display brightness and readability in dayling/sunlight needs to be addressed by the manufacturers of aftermarket car receivers.

    Good sound but missing key user features

    Byron from Lilburn GA on 11/8/2014

    2001 Acura 3.2CL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    First, I did not do my own installation so I cannot comment on how hard or easy it would have been. I simply did not have the desire to spend an afternoon doing auto yoga as I contorted and twisted myself in unnatural ways getting this JVC KW-HDR81BT receiver into my 2001 Acura. That aside, I like the sound of this receiver and it is a true upgrade from the factory unit in pretty much every way except one crucial area (stay tuned). Music sounds more vibrant, fuller, and crisper, so I am enjoying listening to CDs, Ipod, HD radio, and FM while commuting or going on the road. For under $200, this receiver has pretty much everything I wanted for an older car: Bluetooth, cd, HD radio, hands free calling with external mic, and more. The reception in the metro area is great, but it diminishes as one escapes the urban or suburban centers for prettier vistas. The remote is OK, but a bit too tiny and lacks an essential adjustment (stay tuned) that is nearly unforgivable. I tend to drop it, so thankfully it is just an accessory, not essential since I am sitting right by the receiver, not in the kitchen making popcorn. The bluetooth feature is quite nice and new to me, though phone calls sound a bit "leaner" than I expected (if that term makes sense here) though my older phone could be the culprit. I do wish JVC could have thrown in a USB cable but understand why they would not want to spring for a cheap cable just to make customers happy and save them the trouble of tracking down one.

    Pros: Good value, fits perfectly, big upgrade in the overall sound, hands-free phone connection via blue tooth, able to stream music loaded on a tablet or phone.

    Cons: The menus, navigation, and options are not clearly delineated or intuitive. The manual is OK, but not great. Trying to figure out how to keep an Ipod from repeating songs requires one to pull over and scan the manual the first couple of times. My biggest gripe is that changing something as simple as the bass, treble, and balance is absurdly difficult.It is not because I am older or not used to tech stuff. It is because whoever created the interface was more enamored with loading it with features.

    Great Radio

    kballar3 from South Carolina on 11/3/2014

    2007 Honda Ridgeline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a nice radio for the money. I think it has great sound, a lot better than my factory Ridgeline radio. It has all the options I was looking for: HD, USB, Bluetooth, several CD formats, and auxiliary. The little remote is actually pretty nice. The Bluetooth phone feature sounds really good, better than several factory Bluetooth phones I've talked on. The equalizer is pretty good and has some built-in presets. I wanted an HD and I'm glad I got it, but honestly I think if a lower cost radio had everything that this one had except for the HD, I'd be just as happy. I still think it's a great radio and a good price for HD. I certainly would not pay more for an HD though!!

    Pros: Nice HD double din, Bluetooth is clear, good microphone. Good menu for Pandora and phone. Great sound.

    Cons: Installation - had to remove all the housings and face plate from the radio to install with the free dash kit. The free dash kit works but it's cheap and can get a little aggravating. It doesn't look cheap once it's in though. There is no manual dimmer for this radio and not all cars can use the built in dimmer. Bluetooth works with my iPhone 5 but I'm not sure about the new 6; check the JVC website for that info.


    EddieM from Harrisonville, MO on 11/3/2014

    2001 Honda Civic DX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit with nice features at a decent price. Powers speakers in a Civic quite well.

    Pros: Bluetooth, HD radio.

    Cons: None.


    Greg E. from DAllas, TX on 11/3/2014

    2004 Jaguar S-Type
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very impressed..... Many features... Front USB, HD Radio, Bluetooth, Pandora link, MP3 Disk, Phone link, capable for steering wheel controls...and at a great price!

    Pros: Plays almost every type of music format, excellent sound quality

    Cons: Swirching sources reveals sound quality differences in the music files.... Getting to the Equalizer is a bit cumbersome.. Would greatly appreciate a couple of User defined pre-set Audio settings....

    Lots of great features for the price.

    Bob T from Cincinnati on 10/7/2014

    2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Many great features, great price. Worked as advertised.

    Pros: Features, ability to match dash LED colors.

    Cons: Not great installation instructions, but adequate. Cheap sounding door-open/seat belt chime. No vehicle-controlled dimmer control.

    Good Buy

    Riz from Chicago, il on 10/3/2014

    2006 Honda Ridgeline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good radio for the cost, lot of features. Installing the steering wheel control adapter (purchased separately) was very easy.

    Pros: Great sound and loud enough without requiring an amp. Separate day and night display color option.

    Cons: With all that real estate JVC should have used the display to provide more content information.

    Jack car stereo

    Ray from Philadelphia on 10/3/2014

    2002 Honda CRV LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Really love this stereo, can't say anything bad about it , if you in the market for one get this one.and the he radio is great.

    Pros: Great unit, excellent sound good display, easy to use

    Cons: None

    2010 F150 STX

    jmb from Bear,DE on 10/2/2014

    2010 Ford F-150 STX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This JVC KW-HDR81BT works and sounds great. With the help from Crutchfield (manual, wiring, dash kit, and adapter) the install took some time, but worked out great. It has been a long time since I put a new radio in one of my vehicles, not as easy as it used to be, but again Crutchfield made it almost painless.

    Pros: Have the features I wanted, more then I needed.

    Cons: The only complaint would be I wish the microphone had been built in. The Bluetooth feature works will with my Droid Razor. Finding the best place to put the microphone to answer the phone, if I even decide to use the feature...

    Great!!! Now jealous of my fiancee's crappy car

    Sadiq from Fairfax, VA on 10/2/2014

    2001 Toyota Celica GT
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this in my fiancee's 2001 Toyota Celica. The Bluetooth streaming works flawlessly every time, which was huge for me. You don't have to re-pair your phone every time, and even more importantly, you don't even need to touch your phone at all - you can just hit "play" from the head unit to resume from where you last left off [tested with an iPhone 5S]. Install was straightforward, pretty much the same as any head unit install. Lots and lots of color customization options allowed me to match the color with the car's existing displays. I drive a 2008 BMW m3 and a 2007 Aston Martin Vantage... and I am jealous of my fiancee's 2001 Toyota Celica because of this head unit.

    Pros: - Flawless BT streaming and good interface - Color customization - HD radio - Great value

    Cons: - Double DIN form factor is "near" perfect with this car, though that's probably more of a comment on the car than the HU. - I can't install one in my own cars :-(

    Great bang for buck

    BD from Chandler AZ on 9/29/2014

    I got the JVC that looks like this but w/o bluetooth, sounds great, especially with all new speakers installed as well. I had this installed by a friend , Kevin at Mobile Audio in Mesa AZ, who does alarms and stereo installs because he knows how to install harness adapters with his eyes closed. This unit sounds great with Clarions new line of component speakers which I had already installed in my Tahoe. I think the offset rotary knob is better on this unit rather JVCs new style with the knob in the center, plus this units face looks better in an SUV or nicer car.

    Pros: The pros is a good digital sound at this price point, customize the look with multiple colors on the display and easy to use aux USB inputs and playback of CDs and sound curves.

    Cons: Cons is the menu interface and color changing is a pain to figure out, and the remote control is a bit basic. All in all this is a great unit though.

    Fun Unit

    Glenn from Frederick, MD on 9/25/2014

    2005 Ford Five Hundred
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this unit because I needed to upgrade to Blue Tooth for hands free calling as well as to stream my Pandora account. Installed in an hour and a half in my 2005 Ford Five Hundred. It looks and sounds great!

    Pros: There is an incredible amount of features from Blue Tooth to HD Radio. This radio is a good value. I am constantly learning new things about the units' features. Some think that that is a con, but I enjoy the learning process. Fun color choices for the display.

    Cons: The mic and Blue Tooth are not built in but rather are corded from the rear of the unit and need to be positioned in your vehicle.


    Anonymous from 98671 on 9/24/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Good but the factory bracket does not attach to the radio well and will need to be modified.




    Dewon from New Mexico on 9/23/2014

    2012 Nissan Titan
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo, simple install, clean simple look. Great features

    Pros: Great stereo, simple install, clean simple look. Great features

    Cons: None


    DavidH from New Albany, IN on 9/16/2014

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this radio in my F-150 truck, replacing the factory radio. What a huge improvement! The radio fits perfect in the dash, looks great and loaded with all the features I wanted in the radio. Syncs great with my iPhone, HD Radio and more! Highly recommended!

    Pros: Loaded with features. Build quality is really good.


    big sound improvement on 2010 highlander

    Phil from Everett wa on 9/15/2014

    2010 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I replaced the factory HU in my 2010 Toyota highlander with this stereo and very happy with it. Sounds much better than factory unit. Bluetooth works great with my iPhone and note 4. Strongly recommended.



    JVC KW-HDR81BT Review

    Steve from Chicago, IL on 9/14/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I am extremely happy with this head unit and the Crutchfield team. This was my first radio install and the instructions and tech support were very good. The Crutchfield advisors were very helpful in guiding me to the best selection for my 2003 Honda Element. During install I had two questions and I received immediate help on the tech support line - no waiting which was comforting. I completed the entire install in a few unrushed hours on a Saturday afternoon. I love the radio itself. The factor that swung me to this unit over other contenders was the HD capability which is superb. The Bluetooth streaming works well for music and phone use which was a very welcome upgrade which was lacking in my factory unit. The setup for radio stations and some settings is a bit complex however the manual is good and will just take some time to play with it to get the configuration the way I want. Overall the sound quality is great - I can't believe how much better my factory speakers wife even noticed without me asking. Very pleased overall and highly recommended.

    Pros: Great looking Solid build quality Bluetooth and HD radio capability Simple remote Lots of display and color choices

    Cons: Complex to get all set up some learning curve These are minor points in my opinion

    JVC KW-HDR81BT Review

    ShaneB from Missouri on 9/9/2014

    2005 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have a 2005 GMC Sierra Crew Cab w/o the Bose system. It far exceeded my expectations for the cost. I never realized what an overpriced low quality unit the factory radio was until I replaced it with this unit. I didn't lose any low end and I gained a lot of good upper-mid to high end. The Parametric EQ helps a lot in this regard especially with stock factory speakers. I record, mix, and master a lot and I don't have to waste CD's anymore to check mixes . It plays 16bit wav and a 320kbps/48kHz mp3 files with no problem. I use a USB2.0 Multi Card Reader with SD and SDHC memory cards plus thumb drives. It plays them all with no problems. I get AM radio stations that my factory radio couldn't. One in particular would fade out depending on where I would drive but that doesn't happen at all now. FM seems to be the same though. The Metra VT-GMRC-01 had a wire in the wrong spot in the connector. It dinged 5 times, the time on the radio displayed for 5 seconds then the screen went blank, and nothing would work after that. I could repeat the symptoms by unplugging the Metra unit and plugging it back in but not by turning the ignition key off and on. Tech Supp. talked me through fixing it and gave me the option of a new one. The fix was easy to do so I did it myself. There's a setting to adjust how loud the volume will go called 'VOL ADJUST' (not 'Loudness'). The default setting is too low if you're playing older CD's released before the loudness wars. So far I love this unit.

    Pros: 1. Great sounding unit. 2. Very easy to install. 3. Short enough to where I didn't have to remove the factory mounting brackets.

    Cons: 1. It says you have two USB ports but they don't tell you that the Bluetooth adapter goes in one of them if you want to use the Bluetooth function. 2. Remote is useless IMO. You have to hold it so close to the radio that you might as well just use the buttons on the radio. It's very distracting to use while driving. 3. Display is dimmer on left side. I think the 'Source' button shares the same backlight as the left side of the display but I'm not sure. It's more noticeable during the day.


    tom v. from forestville ca. on 9/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    great radio for the price

    Pros: blue tooth and hd fm , looks great, great sound. the help line was very good.

    Cons: Received the wrong parts and instalation manual, corrected truck year three times over a week to get wright parts. instalation parts to adapt were too generic took lots of cutting and adapting to fit in.

    Great system!

    Mark from Ft Lauderdale, FL on 9/9/2014

    1995 Acura Integra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit myself in my 1995 Acura Integra... it has absolutely changed the way I look at the car. Definitely worth it!

    Pros: bluetooth connectivity, usb connections, microphone for calls, color changing display

    Cons: can't think of any...

    Great product!

    Zmacs from Woodbridge, VA on 9/2/2014

    2003 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I did not know the stock speaker system in my 2003 VW Jetta was capable of sounding this excellent. Great product!

    Pros: Easy to learn, looks good, wide range of functionality.


    JVC DD 2005 Saturn Ion

    CLM from Syracuse, NY on 9/1/2014

    2005 Saturn ION 3
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    fit perfectly, It took me about 30 min to connect the wiring harness, I opted to solder the JVC harness to the supplied barnes for the Saturn, installation in car took another 30 min.

    Pros: Works well with I-Phone 5s, like the digital radio and the built in blue tooth - should have replaced it much earlier

    Cons: None, has all the fetters I was looking for.


    Anonymous from bartlett on 8/31/2014

    2003 Mazda Protege
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Its everything we thought it would be.

    Pros: bluetooth

    Cons: LACK OF multidisc cd

    Chevy Express has new sound

    David S. from Higganum, CT on 8/27/2014

    2002 Chevrolet Express
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice unit with lots of color options for the radical in all of us. Sound is good. It is in my work van so we are not asking for a whole lot but compared to the factory. I can listen to Phone, iPod, CD, HD Radio. And the the bluetooth is great. Syncs right up to my phome. Outstanding value. My kids envy me!

    Pros: Features, Bluetooth, iPod controls, HD. Install easy.

    Cons: Menu is a biy hard to maneuver through on the go. Better pull over to make any adjustments.

    jvc kw-hdr81bt in a 2006 Ford Ranger

    vic from mn. on 8/23/2014

    2006 Ford Ranger
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This radio went in a 2006 ford ranger. The install was pretty easy though I hade to remove a lot of plastic on the hole in the trim.

    Pros: Has the correct colors to match the dash.Front usb.Rear sub outputs.

    Cons: The sound is a little muddy when the loud controll is on

    Very affordable double-DIN HD Radio

    CarlB from Cedarburg, WI on 8/22/2014

    2001 Acura 3.5RL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed this in my son's Acura RL and now I want HD radio in all of our cars. There were no surprises, it was an easy installation. I haven't spent much time with it but with just a few minutes of testing it worked with an iPod classic on the USB port and with an iPhone 5s over bluetooth. Siri 'eyes free' may only be a marketing term, she did what I asked her to from the JVC. If I had to nit-pick this unit it would have a separate power antenna signal for just when the unit needs an antenna. As it stands it raises the antenna any time the unit is on which isn't necessary for CD, iPod or internet radio. Other units have separate power antenna and amplifier trigger signals. I also could not figure out how to disable the built-in power amp which can be done in some other units. It also isn't clear in the instructions how to create a mono subwoofer signal. The buttons feel on the cheap side and menu navigation is clumsy but none of this any worse than units from Kenwood or Pioneer. Using radio presets 7-18 is unintuitive. Best feature of all, no MIXTRAX!

    Pros: Inexpensive unit with CD, HD radio, Bluetooth, USB, hands free iPhone 5s compatibility and excellent sound quality.

    Cons: Cheap button feel, clumsy menus, unintuitive radio presets, no time correction, limited EQ bands

    Super awesome value but with minor annoyances.

    Bob from Naperville, IL on 8/22/2014

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Radio is close to being super awesome! I just installed this in a 2005 Ford F150 along with a steering wheel module and it was a perfect fit. The free mounting kit from Crutchfield works well but is very cheap looking. I went as far as calling Crutchfield to try to buy something better but they don't stock anything but that kit. As with all the radio manufacturers they seem to cower to iphone users. Thus, most of the custom radio features are iphone specific. I am an Android user so no luck for us, plus the JVC Android app is a complete waste of time. With such a weak effort why did they even bother with the App. Overall a great value since my 2 main goals were Bluetooth and HD radio. Does both really well with only one complaint on Bluetooth. When streaming Pandora you don't see any song information from the radio like you do listening to HD radio. Again, I bet iphone users don't have this issue. My other complaint is the cartoonish graphics relating to the tuning/antenna. What a total waste of real estate on the screen. I get it, it supposed to be some type of tuning graphic but wow.. Totally redundant and useless. There are already other small on-screen notifications for HD, ST, etc. when the stations are tuned, again makes no sense. I wish there was the ability to turn it completely off. Or better yet, how about display the constant time (something actually useful). The only other way to display time is to toggle off station/song info, why JVC why?

    Pros: Super duper awesome value (seriously what can you get for under $200 now) Bluetooth streaming - music & phone calls works well HD radio works super awesomely great Custom colors can match anything is you car Sound quality is really really good with the F150 factory speakers and subwoofer

    Cons: - The following me being nit-picky, it's an under $200 radio for sanity's sake - No love for Android (sad face), iphones probably work really well Useless cartoonish tuning graphics - Again, JVC don't you do product evaluations with real people? Bluetooth will not display Pandora song information streaming from Android, again iphone may work better Screen brightness can use some work, seems dark at times

    Perfect factory replacement for my 350Z

    Jim M from Longmeadow Ma. on 8/18/2014

    2003 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This was a perfect replacement for my factory Bose receiver on my 2003 Nissan 350Z. I had the Bose system and was never pleased with the sound quality plus the fact it didn't have an aux. input or Bluetooth. I was a very easy install with their supplied harness and installation kit. Plus the installation instructions were specifically for my vehicle and not just generic There was a small faceplate already installed on the receiver i wasn't aware of. I thought I was going to have to file down the installation face plate for a good fit, but that wasn't necessary once I realized the pre installed faceplate just had to be popped off..The final fit is perfect with no gaps at all. I haven't replaced any of the factory speakers and I may not, it sounds 100% better just the way it is. The supplied wire harness was easy to hook up and it allowed me to use my existing factory amp. I was also able to match my factory dash light colors exactly. I am very pleased.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: I only wish the volume knob wasn't chrome.


    BradW from Gardnerville, NV on 7/21/2014

    2004 Toyota Tacoma
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    So far so good. I just had it installed today(I'm getting to old for crawling around under a dashboard) in my 2004 Tacoma Dbl cab and wow what a difference in sound quality compared to the stock head unit from Toyota. Love the blue tooth I don't have to drive around with that bug hanging out of my ear anymore. I read the reviews that said the interface and setup had a learning curve. Not sure why this is. Press button, turn knob pretty simple. I may have to upgrade the speakers now to get the full benefit of this unit but the factory speakers sound really great right now so can't really justify the expense at this time. I'll update my review after I've spent more time with it, but for now I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase.

    Pros: Sounds great, Looks incredible, Love that I can set the colors to my Seahawks green and blue

    Cons: JVC's android app, I'll play with it some more but I guess they like Apple products more and have better apps for I phones

    Very good car stereo for the price

    Wrangler93 from Las Vegas, NV on 7/19/2014

    2001 Ford Econoline
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Built well and lots of features. The remote is nice and simple which makes using it easy while driving. The menus to change settings is a litter cumbersome but once you get used to it you're fine.

    Pros: Good price and great looks.

    Cons: Menus a little cumbersome.


    william t from annapolis, md on 7/17/2014

    2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    works and sounds great



    Does not fit

    xtreme1 from Alpine, CA on 7/14/2014

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I could not install this in my Silverado. Although specs said that it would fit, the factory installed receiver that this was replacing had a cutout on the bottom half. In order to get this to fit I would have to cutout a support piece behind the dash.

    Pros: Don't know

    Cons: Does not fit my vehicle...

    Excellent Buy!

    PHXTeacher from Peroia, AZ on 7/13/2014

    2005 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to do a self-install and looks and sounds great. Hands free phone works well and is easy to set up. The only knock o it is that the brightness of the day time screen is very hard to read at times.




    finalcut3 from Plainfield, IL on 7/8/2014

    2002 Volkswagen Jetta
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installed fairly smoothly in my 2002 Jetta. Sound is terrific and the color options are limitless. Only one minor difficulty. See below in "cons" section.

    Pros: Looks good and sounds great. Lots of sound options to tweak it just the way you like.

    Cons: Sometimes when skipping a song on my iPod, it takes nearly a full minute to actually go to the next song. If I hit the skip button more than once, it will skip ahead multiple songs once it finally registers.


    Anonymous from Orlando, Fl on 7/5/2014

    2007 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great stereo for the money and it has great features.



    Awesome Radio

    Bullittman from Fort Drum, NY on 7/4/2014

    2008 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Excellent stereo for the money. It sounds ten times better than the factory stereo and looks awesome on my dash. If your not electronic savvy you will have a time learning how to use the Menu to make your adjustments on the system. BT quality is better than my factory installed BT in my 13 Escape Titanium. The only issue I had was during install and was not with the stereo itself but with the bracket that holds the stereo in position. I actually had to file out bigger holes in the plastic to match up with the holes in the stereo but not a big deal.

    Pros: For the price and functionality this stereo is awesome..oh, and so is Crutchfield.

    Cons: Just an issue with the mounting bracket that's it.

    Great replacement for factory stereo

    JohnH from Wetumpka, AL on 7/3/2014

    2005 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great unit at a great price. It has all the features I wanted in a factory replacement head unit. The Bluetooth was simple to pair with my smart phone, and the HD radio makes my AM talk radio station sound great! The hands-free calling was a bit of a challenge to figure out, but I am now able to use it for both incoming and outgoing calls after some false starts. Installation was a breeze in my 2005 Ford F-150. Highly recommend this unit for anyone looking to replace their factory unit at a reasonable price!

    Pros: Great sound Easy installation Excellent value

    Cons: Somewhat confusing command menu


    Anonymous from Allen, Texas on 7/2/2014

    2002 Toyota Sequoia
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great feature for a low price! HD radio and high-power USB are 2 items that are hard to find at this price. Great unit!

    Pros: HD radio and high-power USB

    Cons: None.

    Great head unit

    Todd from Quakertown, PA on 6/27/2014

    2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this in a 2005 Chevy Trailblazer that had a shorted, older Sony head unit. Crutchfield's Master Sheet was great in taking me step by step through the installation process. I did have to make a call to Tech Support because I wasn't removing a factory head unit, but that quick phone call solved my problems. The unit is easy to use, although we had to try several attempts to get my wife's iPhone 5s to link up, but it automatically links every time now. I like the dual USB ports. We have the Bluetooth dongle in the front port and the rear port, on the cable, is routed to the glove box where I keep my old iPod video permanently attached and locked away safely. I love the iPod controls on the front and the use of the remote. It was very easy to get used to the controls. And, on top of it all, it sounds great, even with my original factory speakers! I may upgrade them at some point as well.

    Pros: Easy to install Easy to setup and use (didn't really need the manual) Looks good...and the endless variety of display colors has the coolness factors my kids like!

    Cons: Only on the install. I had to tweak the aftermarket mounting bracket a bit to get it to fit, but was able to use the trim ring that came with the head unit for the install. The trim ring supplied with the kit doesn't fit this unit with or without the sleeve.

    alot of punch for a small unit

    joe w from pennsylvania on 6/25/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit. Didn't realize that HD radio was so clear until we fired this unit up. easy to use and easily navigable through themenus. sounds great.



    HD sounds great, complex menus, don't buy if you care about AM

    SoCal guy from Los Angeles, CA on 6/15/2014

    2005 Toyota Corolla
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Was looking for a head unit to replace my 2005 stock Toyota Corolla radio. Wanted ipod control, bluetooth and HD radio. The KW-HDR81BT is pretty much the only game in town for a double-din, HD radio for under $200. First the good: HD radio is all it's made to be as far as quality (I'm talking about FM) CD quality. The ipod integration is basic, but functional. You get access to playlists, but beyond that, you'll be confined to playing the contents of a single album. So make some playlists. You can do about anything you want with the colors for the display. Now, for the bad: Absolutely the worst AM reception I've even seen. I'm in the LA area, and my stock Toyota head unit pulled in at least 25 very solid AM stations. I get less than 5 useable stations with this receiver. Three sports talk stations I listen to don't even come in. Doesn't quite reach the level of returning it, but the thought crossed my mind. The menu setup is pretty cryptic as well. Keep a manual at hand. Conclusion: If you don't care about AM, I wholeheartedly recommend this unit. The ipod integration with HD FM makes it a worthwhile investment. If you care about AM, you'll have to try the unit and see if it works for you.

    Pros: HD radio, Ipod integration, bluetooth phone reception, Crutchfield install kit

    Cons: AM radio (basically none), Somewhat confusing menu setup


    Fred from Akron, OH on 5/22/2014

    2003 Honda Accord LX
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit


    Cons: None that I can think of


    Bill from Racine,WI on 5/21/2014

    2006 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a great value. Wonderful specs, lots of functionality with HD radio and Bluetooth, ease of installation and terrific sound quality.

    Pros: Installation was a breeze with free instrucions from Crutchfield and the factory integration adapter made for instant hookup with existing electronics in my vehicle.

    Cons: None, this was a great experience working with Crutchfield service and technical folks before I made the decision on what to purchase.

    Great JVC

    Robert from Woodward, Ok on 5/19/2014

    2007 Hyundai Santa Fe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this for an 07 Hyundai Santa Fe. I've had it installed only about a week, so I can't report on long term quality (thus the 4 stars). The install was very easy and looks very good in my dash with the included kit from Crutchfield. It has made my factory speakers sound as good as they can! In fact, I'm now hesitant to change them out. They crank now and have very little distortion! It paired with my iPhone 5 very easily, per the manual. All features work well thusfar. The HD radio sounds great. Bluetooth works flawlessly with calls and streaming from iPhone. Although I didn't really think I'd like the color variations, it's neat to have for variety. I am now technologically updated and have great sound to boot!! Great deal, at least so far. Hope quality is durable.

    Pros: Great sound and features

    Cons: Radio sensitivity and menu could be arranged better. Both minor deals

    Fantastic Value, Great Sound

    JoePDX from Oregon on 5/17/2014

    2006 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Incredible you can get great HD Radio in this Double Din unit. Perfect fit and performance in 06 Mustang. Lots of wires, which I soldered instead of spliced. I don't want any shorts long term. Great sound, great fit, and HD Radio for under $200 with install kit. Install was very good. Only had to make one small mod to the plastic mounting frame, drilling / routing out some plastic holes. Easy.


    Cons: The unit has so many features it is a bit complex to operate. You just have to spend a little time learning how to access all its capabilities. Works great with iPhone 4x, 5 and Samsung S4 and S5. BT Speakerphone works as good as my GM OEM BT, better than my Toyota BT.

    JVC KW-HDR81BT Receiver

    Lee from Houston, TX on 5/13/2014

    2008 Dodge Nitro
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The installation instructions, wiring harness and connectors fit perfectly. I was a little disappointed in the large gap around the receiver but will have to try and cut down the trim piece to fit.

    Pros: Great receiver. Sharp looks and the functions are easy to learn.

    Cons: Didn't fit my Eclipse dash as well as I hoped.

    Sounds great

    Zachlove from Sanford Me on 5/12/2014

    2008 Subaru Impreza
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Everything's great the radio gets real quiet though for a little but then kicks back on...weird.

    Pros: Makes me car sound great looks cool

    Cons: Hd radio makes all my favorite stations sound worse with the random quietness

    Great Stereo

    Matt from Round Rock, TX on 5/12/2014

    2002 Honda Accord
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Let me start this review by responding to all the reviews I saw that criticized the menu system on this receiver - it's actually pretty easy to navigate the menu. Yes some of the functions are not immediately obvious but with only a double din surface area to work with (and so many features), this unit makes great use of the limited space that's available. Seems to be built well and the buttons have a great responsive 'click'. Yes the default display is bright at night but the brightness of each color can be adjusted under the menu - with the proper color/brightness color selection, the unit is illuminated extremely well. I will say that under the brightest direct sunlight, the illumination fades somewhat. Doesn't anything of that nature do so? This is the only unit out there that for under $200, that has everything I wanted - Bluetooth, cd, HD radio, hands free calling with external mic, sub pre out...I'm extremely impressed. Would I buy this again? - Definitely

    Pros: Bluetooth HD Radio External Calling Mic Sub Pre Out

    Cons: Takes a few seconds to detect BT device and in turn external BT audio Built in EQ is lacking - solved with addition of external EQ, in my case, Clarion EQS746 made even my mediocre speakers sound great

    JVC KW-HDR81BT Review

    Chas71 from Norwich, CT on 5/4/2014

    2013 Subaru Forester
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This JVC double din unit was installed in my 2013 Subaru Forester, it was relatively easy to install with all the necessary adapters included in the box from Crutchfield, there are some minor modifications to be made to the new radio before installation in the dash such as removing the face plate and mounting brackets and then attaching the supplied mounting kit, it was a little tricky with my particular car but all in all it worked out very well , I added the Axxess steering wheel control unit and that also works extremely well, seamless in fact just like the factory controls, the Bluetooth connection to my blackberry works well although not all features can be used with the JVC unit such as sms display and so forth, I recommend you go to the JVC website and from there you can look up your mobile phone model and it will list the Bluetooth available features for your phone, all in all though I am very satisfied with the sound quality and radio reception, it works and looks extremely well, a good value for the money, much better sound quality than the original Subaru factory radio hands down.

    Pros: moderate installation time, all supplied wiring and mounting gear necessary was received, directions are very clear and in detail, phone support if necessary is a huge plus!

    Cons: removing the original faceplate from new radio and installing the supplied mounting bracket for my vehicle proved a little tricky in the beginning, after careful study and experiment with the new mounting hardware and radio it all came together.

    Great upgrade for my 2004 Mustang

    Brandon from Oklahoma, USA on 5/2/2014

    2004 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    My 2004 Mustang's stock Mach 460 system is a very odd beast. The stock headunit powers the mids/tweeters and it has two amps for subs/woofers. Importantly, any replacement unit should have a HPF to block the lows from distorting the sound in the mid/tweeters, and it needs a sub pre out with configurable crossover. Given that almost everything is done through a smartphone now (navigation, music) I looked for a solution to add Bluetooth to my stock unit, trying to avoid dealing with replacing the headunit. An adaptor for the stock unit's SAT input seemed like a good idea but would cost nearly $200 and not provide any kind of on-unit control. I settled on this unit and it fits my needs perfectly. Once the HPF was enabled for the amped output everything sounded great, better than the stock unit. The power output matches well with the mids/tweeters in my 04 Mustang, and lows sound great coming from the stock amps (hooked up though this unit's sub outputs). The included microphone was easily mounted behind the steering wheel and the cord hidden away behind the trim. The main reason for choosing this unit for me was to get good Bluetooth in my '04 Stang. That is near-perfect. It pairs with my Nokia Lumia 1020 with no issues. I have tested playback from USB and it works just fine, too; although I imagine most people will be like me and rely mainly on Bluetooth connectivity for audio playback.

    Pros: Bluetooth works perfectly. HD radio support from this unit is a very nice plus. Suited my needs just right for my 2004 Mustang with Mach 460. Still using my stock amps and speakers and everything sounds good.

    Cons: Navigating the menu system takes a little getting used to. JVC has a silly animated rectangle on the display that never stops (even when disabling demo mode). It's pointless but not a big deal. USB playback works well but navigating the memory stick could be improved. I'll usually use Bluetooth anyway so not a big deal.

    Nice For The Right Price

    VistaBlueGT from Ashburn, VA on 5/1/2014

    2001 Ford Escape
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this head unit to replace a Pioneer DEH-P6700MP CD/MP3/WMA receiver that I thought was going bad. First, I want to commend the Crutchfield Tech team for assisting me with a problem that turned out to be a faulty speaker. Tech assistance also helped me chose this new JVC replacement receiver based on all of my specifications and requirements. Installation was straight forward and required only minimal modification to my 2001 Ford Escape dash to accommodate this double-DIN unit. I'm satisfied with the ability to choose my favorite color display. The unit is so versatile and has so many modern features that it should suite my needs for years to come. I'm delighted that I can store all of my music on a single SanDisk 16GB USB low-profile flash drive. It also allows you to page through the various folders using up/down arrows if you first transfer your music onto the USB in separate folders based on categories. This feature is priceless. Since I don't need or use the Blutooth or Voice features, I cannot comment on this. One of my prerequisites for this unit was that it have a prominent display of the clock, which it does. My only complaint involves an anomaly that oddly enough, no other reviewers have mentioned. After about two weeks of use, I noticed the unit displaying 'Reading' for 3 - 5 minutes and would not read my music source without requiring resetting first. The Tech center promptly exchanged my unit, but I continue to experience the same issue

    Pros: USB input; HD Radio; Blutooth; has all the modern features that should continue to be relevant for years to come; easy installation;

    Cons: Continuous 'Reading' anomaly on two brand new units;

    Great product at an attractive price

    Jody from Charlottesville, VA on 4/29/2014

    2004 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've been jealous of the sound system in my wife's car for two years now so on a whim I started researching new units on Crutchfield's site. It didn't take long to narrow it down to this JVC - I needed the same size as the original Rockford Fosgate in my Nissan Xterra and I wanted bluetooth, HD radio (106.1 The Corner baby!), CD and AUX inputs. I was delighted on all accounts - my Android phone paired immediately and while it has limitations with regard to hands-free operation I was streaming audio from multiple sources immediately. Spotify on the go - yay. Many prior reviews were fairly critical of the menu system and settings changes. Maybe because I'm a nerd but I had no problem with it. While the layout may be more accommodating (like EQ settings more readily available) I stepped through each setting and had everything working (and sounding correctly - apparently Crutchfield installers are bassheads) in about 30 minutes. Only after I had completed did I browse through the manual to ensure I didn't miss anything. I do wish more media information presented itself for display. While this may be an issue with bluetooth stack in my smartphone I can't give JVC a pass on HD radio information. My 19 year unit being replaced had no problem showing station, artist and song information but the KW-HDR81BT shows nothing. This is a mystery. I was unable to transfer my phonebook but did set up favorites for quick dialing. Also, boo on iPhone features and little for Android.

    Pros: Display and text size Customizable display colors HD Radio It plays CD's!

    Cons: 3-band EQ Poor transfer of media info (source-dependent) Crutchfield installation team apparently did not plan well for this unit, my wife was forced to go back to Crutchfield for another appointment four hours later than the original to complete the installation, apparently installing the microphone took another hour (huh??). We weren't very pleased with either this or an installation bill that was higher than quoted (but was discounted after she insisted).

    Good Sound

    Anonymous from Dallas, Texas on 4/24/2014

    2008 Saturn VUE
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    It takes a little study and time to learn to use the interface. I do appreciate the six buttons on the side which I set to my favorite stations. I also appreciate being able to select a simulcast (HD 2 or 3) just by hitting one button. This radio has very good sound.

    Pros: Great sound, rich base and nice fit for my 2008 Saturn Vue. It is definitely worth the price.

    Cons: Source button is too bright and it's has a blinking square on the right side of the display for which I can find no purpose.

    Amazing Stereo

    TonyJ from Jerseyville,IL on 4/22/2014

    2009 Ford Fusion
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound quality. The built-in Bluetooth is wonderful and the cell reception/voice quality is very good. The buttons are easy to get too and navigation is pretty good. An overall great improvement over the factory stereo.

    Pros: Great sound, built-in Bluetooth makes hands-off communication a breeze and much safer, HD stations sound crisp and clear.

    Cons: It would be nice if the clock display would be visible at all times rather then having to press the display button to get to it.

    JVC KW-HDR81BT worth the wait

    JXC CT from Hartford, CT on 4/15/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Unit was on back order for a couple of weeks. But it was worth the wait. Using the supplied wiring harness and instructions specificaly written for my Avalon, it got installed in less then 45 minutes. Lots of great features. Best bang for the buck.

    Pros: Ability to customize display colours, JVC quality, Best bang for the buck.

    Cons: had to wait for the next availiable shipment.


    richardH from Waldoboro, ME on 4/4/2014

    2005 GMC Sierra 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great product. Very flexible for current and future use.

    Pros: Easy to use with a little learning curve for the menu etc.

    Cons: None

    Great product!

    Shane from Texas on 2/25/2014

    2003 Nissan 350Z
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very pleased with this stereo! it is a little tricky to operate some of the more advanced features but once you figure it out its not too bad. hands free works great with iphone 5!!

    Pros: Good stuff

    Cons: some functions hard to figure out

    JVC Radio

    Carl from Auburn AL on 2/24/2014

    2004 Ford Explorer
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great Radio

    Pros: Works great, syncs easily with Bluetooth phone, plays ipod songs seamlessly. HD radio is excellent. Have no idea how high the volume will go because I have to back it off before I get to the high end.

    Cons: Unclear installation instructions, required a call to tech support who quickly resolved the issue.

    sounds good, looks good works great.

    cook583 from waldorf, Maryland on 2/21/2014

    I got this as a gift from my mother in law. I really like this jvc unit, there are many sound options, colors and many other setyings

    Pros: I really like the Sound quality, multi color settings, ipod auxiliary, pandora.

    Cons: Doesn't fit properly in a 2012 scion xd, it sticks out to far leaving part of my dash that suppose to click tight, is now loose and there is 1/4 inch gapes on both sides. Blue tooth works but .......i would rate it a 2. Due the poor call quality, you can hear the person your talking to but unless you have the bluetooth mic right by your mouth and talk loud they wont hear you clearly.


    CrevC from Las Vegas, NV on 2/14/2014

    2006 Scion xB
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this particular deck because of it's features: HD Radio, Ipod control, and 20 watts per channel with a subwoofer pre-out. Wow, was I surprised at the sound quality of this deck!! The clarity and bass blows me away!! I 've installed it in my VW Passat Wagon that has the Monsoon sound system; it interfaced beautifully and sounds about 100x better than the original factory deck!! The bass is full and deep and for regular listening I really don't need to add a sub; however for those times where I really want to crank it I will add one!! Getting ready to put this same deck in my wife's Scion XB, I can hardly wait to see the results there. The reps at Crutchfield let me know that the mosfet amplifier in these is RATED, so it's RMS output is real. No wonder it sounds so good! The clarity on the FM, CD, and IPod is astounding. Detail in some music I never noticed before.

    Pros: the metra install kit is a "one way" design. If you make a mistake, want to re-route your back usb cable or blue tooth mic, you will have a very tough time getting the deck back out!! I would suggest using the included sleeve that comes with the deck if you can.

    Cons: ????? hard pressed to think of any!!!

    JVC KW-HDR81BT in 2002 Subaru WRX - Great functionality

    rgd from Indy on 2/9/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    JVC KW-HDR81BT - Great functionality Easy to see display , Bluetooth, USB and Aux work great, like the HD radio(clarity is nice) Very pleased with this purchase

    Pros: Easy to see display , Bluetooth connects quickly USB and Aux work great, like the HD radio(clarity is nice) various colors to match your dash big volume knob clear to see source button used to also answer phone(like that)

    Cons: None yet

    Great head unit

    AdamW from Omaha, NE on 2/8/2014

    2006 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This is a very nice unit for the money. I hooked it up to a 2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid WITH the JBL premium sound, so I needed to tie into the factory amp. This all would have been simple enough, but I tried to add the Axxcess ASWC-1 Steering Wheel Control interface and this caused all kinds of problems. After several calls to tech support (which is very good at Crutchfield), the problem could not be diagnosed, so I am returning the steering wheel control. If you have the same vehicle, you should skip the steering wheel control as Axxess does not even have the correct wiring configuration for this car. All of that being said, I love the stereo! The sound is incredible and I do enjoy the hi-def radio. This thing is packed full of features and the Bluetooth works well. Customizing the radio and using all of the features takes time and patience, but after you learn the menus, it is great to have so many customizing options. Overall, this is definitely worth the money. Also, mine was "open box" but in great shape with NO issues.

    Pros: Lots of features, excellent sound, Hi-Def Radio AND Bluetooth at a good price

    Cons: None!

    Good sound, but frustrating to use and set up

    Anonymous from Phoenix, AZ on 2/6/2014

    2011 Ford F-150 XL
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Bought this as a replacement for a failing factory unit in my 2011 ford f150 service truck. I did not need or want a touchscreen unit in a work truck and simply wanted something that was double din with bluetooth, sirius xm, HD Radio and a front usb input. This unit fit the bill with a front aux input and limited android support as well as a bonus. Sound is much better than stock and the bluetooth works extremely well, however the HD radio text displays on some channels, but not all (the Kenwood in my car displays all text info on all HD stations) and the menu layout is very frustrating and difficult to use. Could have used the real esate for better display as the stock radio actually had a more detailed display for mp3s and such. Overall good for the money and satisfies my needs. Just patience is required to set up and learn to navigate the poor interface and menu controls.

    Pros: Good sound and bluetooth performance, front usb and aux in with Android support (although limited), Double din without touchscreen and DVD, good value

    Cons: Text does not display on some HD stations, very difficult to navigate menus and setup, very basic eq and display looks very dated

    nice unit

    dre from palm coast, fl on 2/1/2014

    2005 Nissan Altima
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this as a gift for my wife we got it installed she loves it easy to learn works great she now wants me to get on for my car

    Pros: color display, remote,

    Cons: havent figured out hands free yet

    JVC KWS-HDR81BT in a 2004 Tahoe

    Don R from San Clemente, CA on 1/29/2014

    2004 Chevrolet Tahoe
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy install, especially with the Crutchfield-provided connectors and cables, and it fit perfectly. I called into Crutchfield to double-check one item, and they were very helpful and responsive. Love the unit, sound is great, Bluetooth works great, plugged my TomTom audio output into AUX, and use the other USB for iPod/iPhone for Pandora.I wish the AUDIO and EQ SETTINGS would come up first, in the MENU, but guess I'll survive; it's just a pain to have to scroll through other choices to get to my most used selectio9ns (maybe fixable in a future firmware update JVC?.)




    gbrooke from visalia, ca on 1/25/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    awesome features, came with mounting cage and trim ring, has a built in safety that tells you unit is miswired so it cant hurt itself. great sound, easy to connect bluetooth

    Pros: 3 sets of rca outs so you can add amps for front rear and sub with fader control and sub control

    Cons: none

    JVC KW-HDR81BT in 2001 Toyota Highlander

    Bill W. from Upland, CA on 1/23/2014

    2001 Toyota Highlander
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The 6-CD changer in our Highlander's OEM radio failed a few months ago. I found out it would cost at least $150 just to repair the CD player, so I decided to replace the OEM unit with a more capable aftermarket one. I chose this JVC model. It has lots of useful features, while still being simple enough for my non-tech-savvy wife to operate. Ordering the radio, wiring harness and mounting adapter was a breeze. The instructions, plus the Crutchfield tech line, made installation fairly simple. When I first tried out the new radio, the AM band would not work. The Crutchfield tech folks quickly told me which extra wire to connect up to get the AM to work. I am very pleased with the performance of the JVC. The AM and FM receivers work very well. The CD player is fine, too. The unit's internal amp provides plenty of volume out of the speakers, without any distortion that I can notice. The large volume knob is easy to reach and use while driving. I LOVE having that USB input on the front! I loaded up tons of our favorite music onto a tiny-sized, 32GB flashdrive that barely protrudes from the USB slot on the face of the radio. I no longer need to carry stacks of CD's in the car and frequently swap them out. Hooray! The Bluetooth function, which I paired up to my wife's cell phone, occasionally won't work, and I have to re-pair them. Despite that minor annoyance, I am very pleased with both the radio and with Crutchfield's impressive customer service.

    Pros: The KW-HDR81BT has quite a few very useful features for the price. The display is nice and easy to see, even in daylight. The controls are reasonably easy to understand and use. The large volume knob is easy to reach and use while driving. The USB input on the front, and the ability to access and play large numbers of music files from a flashdrive in the USB slot, is a fantastic feature. The Bluetooth allows you to use your cell phone hands-free without having to use an earpiece.

    Cons: The Bluetooth fairly regularly fails to detect my wife's cell phone, necessitating a re-pairing (which takes only about 30 seconds). On the other hand, the Bluetooth in the radio always tries to pair with my own cell phone when I'm in the car, even though I do not want my phone paired with the Bluetooth in my wife's car. Somewhat annoying. When playing music from a flashdrive, the unit often changes from the "all random" mode to "random off" mode. Not a big problem, just another annoyance.


    Randal L from Western NC on 1/23/2014

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Installation in a 2011 Jeep Wrangler is tricky, but not impossible. Stereo sounds great, fits great but initial set up somewhat confusing. Read the owners manual thoroughly. All features and functions work flawlessly including Bluetooth. This is an incredible value for the money. You cant go wrong with this one.

    Pros: Looks, functions, display color options, expandability.

    Cons: None so far.

    Good product for the money

    ArtW from Sandusky, OH on 1/18/2014

    1992 Toyota Previa
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I was looking for a head unit to replace my factory radio in my 2003 GMC Savana van, and this one caught my eye. After having it professionally installed, I was impressed with the sound quality, but found it difficult to figure out the settings. The factory manual is difficult to understand (At least for a bricklayer) so more trial and error will be needed.

    Pros: Basic looking unit that didn't scare me away with all the features I don't need.

    Cons: Probably is the simplest unit out there, but I still find it difficult to learn how to operate. And the factory manual is difficult to understand. I'll just have to spend some time figuring it out.

    Nice radio, fit the bill

    Dave from hudson, wi on 1/13/2014

    2007 Volkswagen Rabbit
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    i got this item because #1-it had HD & BT, #2-it was a scratch n' dent item, #3-it appeared to have simpler user input buttons. Don't be afraid of Crutchfield scratch and dent, it's more like an "open box". I couldn't find any dents or scratches. As usual, Crutchfield's customer service is second to none. I'm a little disappointed it my misconception of "simpler", however understand that I'm extra critical about such things because that's my profession. I'm happy with the product despite its shortcomings and realistically, they all have shortcomings.

    Pros: Fairly simple to set up and operate. I was able to get everything setup and running (including my phone) w/o looking at the manual. The manual is pretty good with pictures to augment the description of the features. I can't comment on the sound because I still have factory speakers. Reception is great, but that's HD for you.

    Cons: Several things really annoy me with this radio. 1) I have to navigate a menu system to adjust some common things like fader and equalizer 2) poor use of display real estate thereby leaving less room real info 3) computer jargon or cryptic abbreviations like "SSM" have crept into the interface. I need the manual to figure out the messages 4) When selecting input the radio should know I'm using "Rear USB" for the BT dongle.

    Car radio jvc

    Anonymous from Ludlow mass on 12/28/2013

    2004 Ford F-150
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Love it awesome features

    Pros: Easy to install awesome sound and color displays soooo cool!

    Cons: Cant figure out how to control thru steering wheel

    Great Stero

    Steve from Glendale,AZ on 12/28/2013

    2002 Toyota Camry
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver for my wife so she can do what she does best talk on the phone and drive at the same time. Thiis deck is great and the sound quality is so much better then her stock JBL system. The handsfree mic is plenty long enought to put it anywhere you want. It was simple to set up. Crutchfield is awsome everyting they sent me was exactly as described and when together just as it was supposed to. I did call tech support and they wallkd me thought a problem I had they were polite and patient with me and eventually we found it was a blown fuse in the engine compartment. I will with out a dought buy my next stereo from them

    Pros: great sound quality for the price


    Great Radio

    Chevy Silverado from Lansing, Mi on 12/22/2013

    2003 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy to use, understand installation, looks clean and works very well

    Pros: Bluetooth and pandora functions work well. Color scheme with so many options is great because it can fit any mood.


    Great entry level CD player

    jbamban from diberville,ms on 12/22/2013

    2005 Ford Mustang
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Wanted to upgrade my factory shaker stereo in my mustang but didn't want to break the bank. This unit has all I need. 6 amplifier preouts, great color matching display , Bluetooth, and Crutchfield included all wiring needed for a great price!



    Not a perfect fit

    Johnny C from Palo Alto, CA on 12/17/2013

    2006 Nissan Xterra
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I have a 2006 Nissan Xterra with standard sound system. The old unit CD died on me. This is second unit from Nissan which had the same problem. The instructions from Crutchfield are very good. The main problem I have is the panel does not fit after I installed the unit. The panel is pressed against the unit's rim. There is about 1/4 inch gap. If I remove the rim, the panel fit perfectly but the unit looks ugly with metal exposing. I even tried to use the rim that came with the kit. That did not work either. That 1/4 inch gap is not that noticeable, I just need to fill that gap so nothing can drop inside. Beside it is too much work to take it back out and return the unit. The sound is great. More functions than I needed so it takes me longer to navigate to the functions that I wanted.

    Pros: Great sound, even with stock speakers. More functions than I needed. Easy to follow instructions.

    Cons: Does not really fit to my SUV. Leave about 1/4 inch gap. Not simple to navigate the functions.


    RH from FL on 12/16/2013

    2006 Pontiac Grand Prix
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    The unit is attractive and works as expected . The only negative for me is the odd menu order , things you rarely use are at the top and commonly used items are buried in the menu.



    Nice Unit

    Mike M from Edwardsburg MI on 12/15/2013

    2004 GMC Yukon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I installed this unit to replace the factory one in my wife's 04 Yukon. The wiring wasn't bad. Install kit was decent although I had to make some very small modifications. The set up on the unit was easy. I am pleased with the value that this unit offers.

    Pros: Bang for the dollar.

    Cons: None

    good sound

    Missy from Kissimmee, Florida on 12/9/2013

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    good sound and value



    Jvc in 1999 toyota avalon

    The Jimbo from Franklin, TN on 12/3/2013

    1999 Toyota Avalon
    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great unit even at the low price... Worked incredible with the existing speakers and amp from toyota

    Pros: Great sound, easy install, great price

    Cons: Menus are a little difficult to figure out the first time..